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I was wondering if anyone here has any experience setting up a RAID 0 array on a Gigabyte P35-DS4 mobo (Rev 2.1)? I read the following about running a RAID 0 array to help enhance my Oblivion game play...

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Setting up your system to run on a PAIR of very fast SATA hard drives is the first step towards alleviating this problem of massive disk swapping (and its resulting bottlenecks). Those drives should then be configured as a RAID 0 array. Oblivion and your other games should be run entirely from that array. By having a pair of drives operating in tandem, the data can be swapped back and forth at an enormously faster rate and your gameplay will be incredibly improved overall.
I have two SeaGate SATA Barracudas (one is 320GB, the other is 250GB). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
post #2 of 22
So I downloaded your MoBo's manual and it tells you how to do this in it.
Refer to page 75. There is a good 10 pages that explains how to set up RAID.
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+1 to mbudden, i just looked too, explains it all
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You'll lose 70GB capacity from the 320GB drive (resulting in 500GB usable) but it should be doable. Identical drives (model and capacity) is optimal.
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So I downloaded your MoBo's manual and it tells you how to do this in it. Refer to page 75. There is a good 10 pages that explains how to set up RAID.
Doh! Sorry about that. Didn't even think to check the manual.
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You'll lose 70GB capacity from the 320GB drive (resulting in 500GB usable) but it should be doable. Identical drives (model and capacity) is optimal.
Thanks. I'll see what I can find. My drives are getting old so maybe two new drives of the same capacity.
post #7 of 22
That would be ideal.

1TB seems to be the sweet spot for price/performace. Seen online deals for 1TB Samsung F3 for $55. If that's out of your budget, then maybe just grab a matching 250GB drive and have the two 250s in RAID and you 320GB as a data drive.

If have some money to throw around, you'll get a better performance boost in Oblivion by upgrading your GPU.
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Manual for GA-P35-DS4 (rev 2.1) @ Gigabyte website

Generally, what you do is enable RAID in your BIOS and turn it on for the SATA ports to be used. Then, go into your BIOS's RAID setup by pressing a key during boot (it's F8 for my 780i), where you set up and create the RAID array (type, parity size, etc.). After that, reboot and install the OS onto the array (if that's what you plan on doing).

Now, those are *my* basic steps, but yours will probably be a little different considering you're using different hardware. Make sure you read the manual before doing anything as to avoid any problems!

Oh, and I'd just like to point out that using two different size disks is generally not recommended for RAID setups. Using either Mirror (RAID1) or Stripe (RAID0) you are going to lose some storage space with your 320GB and 250GB drives. In RAID1, your usable space will be limited to the smallest drive (250GB total) ... and in RAID0, your usable space will be 500GB (250GB [taken from the 320GB drive] + 250GB [taken from the 250GB drive]).
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That would be ideal.

1TB seems to be the sweet spot for price/performace. Seen online deals for 1TB Samsung F3 for $55. If that's out of your budget, then maybe just grab a matching 250GB drive and have the two 250s in RAID and you 320GB as a data drive.
I like that second option - getting a second 250GB HD. So will having these two drives in RAID 0 really make a difference with Oblivion?
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I edited my last post.

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If have some money to throw around, you'll get a better performance boost in Oblivion by upgrading your GPU.
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