Originally Posted by cisco kid
windows 7 64 bit
2 x Vertex 60GB SSD raid 0 on SB750 for main OS (latest firmware running GC)
2x WD640 Blacks raid 0 on SB750 (data/music/extra games)
1 x 250 esata external (backup)
1 sata dvd drive on SB750
1 ide dvd drive
8 gb Mushkin Ascent PC12800 7,7,6,18
In the bios under integrated peripherals I had the following:
1)integrated peripherals> on chip stata controller>enabled
2)integrated peripherals> on chip ata devices> raid mode = raid (not ahci or ide as I am using 2 ssd's)
3)integrated peripherals> E-sata/HW raid controller> enabled
4)integrated peripherals> E-sata controller mode> IDE (choice is IDE or AHCI)
5)drive booster (HW Raid) > normal mode (default setting)
5)Advanced Bios Settings> boot sequence was the vertex raid 0 array
When I set up the main Raid 0 array and Win 7 OS I installed required raid/ahci driver via a USB during install.
With the system as described above I found that it scanned for drives and made the boot process longer than it should be?
Should I set #2 & #4 both to AHCI or leave #2 = RAID for OS array and leave #4 IDE or should it be AHCI ??
Whats best method for Raid 0 ? Or should I be using the jmicron controller for the Main OS raid 0 array and leave the WD 640 array on the SB750? from what I have read and been told the jmicron 2 blue sata ports is not seen by most as the way to go vs the black 6 SB 750 sata
Hoping I can get some quick feedback so i begin fresh format and set this up proper then overclock system before I load my games and set up my email and other crap. AND then BACKUP reg via Acronis which I should have done which would have avoided this mess
mduclow can you comment you gave me some great info earlier in thread
#2 = RAID & #4 = AHCI. This will give you the fastest speeds. You may want to bump your SB volts to 1.25 - 1.3v to help with all those drives in RAID mode.
Can't avoid the RAID detection scan.
Use the black ports for your RAID arrays, SB-750 controller, not
the JMicron controller.
When re-installing o/s make sure you do a few things.
-- Boot into an O/S on another drive, one other than the SSD's, and run sanitary erase on them (the SSD's). Don't format the drives!
-- Then disconnect all drives except
the SSD's, turn the computer on and set-up your RAID array (use the 64k stripe size)
-- Proceed to install Windows, go get a cup of coffee, and when you get back it will be done, it's that fast on two striped SSD's.
-- You may now re-connect the other drives.
Good luck, buddy.