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Hello

I have a couple of question regarding my new setup I plan on putting together in the next couple of days. This setup will be on a Asus P6T Deluxe with TWO x 300GB Velocityraptors in a RAID -0-. I am looking at keeping my games and music (ITUNES) on other stuff on a partitioned drive.

(1) My first question is what STRIPE SIZE 64 or 128? I want the fastest performance. (stock P6T Deluxe raid drivers will be used)

(2) After RAID -0- install I was thinking of doing a partition setup for the first time, if I do this will a partition slow down my raid -0- setup?

(3) I assume I do the partitioning after the Vista Ultimate x64 installed?

(4) DO I use a Intel MATRIX STORAGE and do this under MY COMPUTER/MANAGE/STORAGE/DISK MANAGEMENT etc..

(5) Do I leave my C: drive at 200GB and the rest at 400GB or separate partitions for each type of data that I store? One for personal documents, photos, one for games, one for movies, etc?

Not my first RAID setup, but it is my first partition and I would like to do it right this time.

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Dont know if this will help but found this article on thg.http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...ARTS,1735.html
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I really know nothing about RAID per se but I do know partitioning beyond applications and DATA (2) is not a good idea. Why? Well if you had control over the placement of the partitions you would have the OS and applications on the outer edge of the platters (faster). Each subsequent partition would go further in on the platters (slower). How you demarcate this can get problematic with too many.
    
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You can do it in the matrix storage console but you are limited to two partitions (at least on ICH9R) so its easiest to set them up before installing the OS, just enter the size of the first and then create another. A small partition at the start for the OS with a smaller stripe (32k & 40Gb) and the rest 128K stripe for games, data, ect works well for me but opinions vary.
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Hello

I have a couple of question regarding my new setup I plan on putting together in the next couple of days. This setup will be on a Asus P6T Deluxe with TWO x 300GB Velocityraptors in a RAID -0-. I am looking at keeping my games and music (ITUNES) on other stuff on a partitioned drive.

(1) My first question is what STRIPE SIZE 64 or 128? I want the fastest performance. (stock P6T Deluxe raid drivers will be used)

(2) After RAID -0- install I was thinking of doing a partition setup for the first time, if I do this will a partition slow down my raid -0- setup?

(3) I assume I do the partitioning after the Vista Ultimate x64 installed?

(4) DO I use a Intel MATRIX STORAGE and do this under MY COMPUTER/MANAGE/STORAGE/DISK MANAGEMENT etc..

(5) Do I leave my C: drive at 200GB and the rest at 400GB or separate partitions for each type of data that I store? One for personal documents, photos, one for games, one for movies, etc?

Not my first RAID setup, but it is my first partition and I would like to do it right this time.

Thanks for helping
1. 128k stripe. Larger is better for real world performance, usually.
2. Its not a good idea to partition a RAID.
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1. 128k stripe. Larger is better for real world performance, usually.
2. Its not a good idea to partition a RAID.
I am just confused I see allot of guys with RAID -0- using a PARTITION 100GB slice for main C: drive and the rest for other stuff like music/videos/games/etc? I will be with this setup for a while and would like to get it right. My Itunes renewal is at its last one and would like to preserve it to a second PARTITION without ever having to mess with it again. But if I do this will I SLOW down my RAID -0- YES or NO??????
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Thanks for your help guys now I need some help with install of a Intel MATRIX raid -0- / -0- setup. I plan on using my 2 x WD Velocityraptors 600GB and do one slice of 120GB (C: drive) and do the rest as a 480GB (D:drive) I see some guys using the Intel MATRIX raid 0 + raid 0 setup. I am confused on what drivers to use when doing this through Asus P6T Deluxe website driver section. Some fast help would be great...
    
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You have the ICH10R controller, you can get the latest driver from intel -

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filt...0&submit=Go%21

Read the readme, section 5.3 - preinstallation F6 method, you need to extract the drivers and put them on usb/cd/floppy and install them when asked by vista if you are doing a fresh install. If you have done raid before then its the same, create the first with size 120GB, then create another, it defaults to whats left.
Edited by Darren9 - 12/23/08 at 11:15am
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You have the ICH10R controller, you can get the latest driver from intel -

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/filt...0&submit=Go%21

Read the readme, section 5.3 - preinstallation F6 method, you need to extract the drivers and put them on usb/cd/floppy and install them when asked by vista if you are doing a fresh install. If you have done raid before then its the same, create the first with size 120GB, then create another, it defaults to whats left.

Now is the first one 120GB slice a C: drive raid -0- and the rest will be considered the D: drive with a raid -0- as well or is this a raid -5-? Again I want the BEST PERFORMANCE and I also have a external 640GB e-sata drive I back my stuff on.
    
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The whole thing will be RAID0.The partition where you install the OS will be C:, the others will follow, I have C: & E: because the optical drive takes D:. I'm guessing the 120GB slice is for the OS and apps, just make sure you install vista to this partition.

Maximum performance is a tricky one, especially as with two partitions as you can have a different stripe size on each. 64Kb stripe is most commonly said to be the best all rounder, 128Kb stripe favours larger files (games,media, ect). You might consider a 128Kb stripe for the large slice if its data and a smaller stripe for the small slice with the OS. I use 32 & 128 but I have vista in a 36GB partition on its own.
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