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You guys seem like you know what you are talking about (compliment).

Background:

I run a pair of Corsair P128 SSDs Raid0 for my Win 7 boot drive, a couple of games, and several programs.

As far as I know, these were early-run releases of the drives and thus came with the original firmware that did not support TRIM at all.

Since then, Corsair has released a firmware update adding TRIM support, and as well know, Intel very recently released driver support for TRIM in RAID (0 and 1 I believe) for select chipsets. I am not at home right now to DL the intel driver and see if it supports my Rampage II Extreme Mobo.

IF it does and IF I am able to successfully update the firmware on both my P128s, I'd like to wipe them and reinstall Win 7 from a backup.

Advice needed:

Step1: Whats the easiest backup program to use? I used Norton Ghost a LOOOOONG time ago from a blue DOS window. What do people use now thats not too complicated? I'd prefer the program to be able to backup the Raid0 image to an external USB harddrive. I mean, what other choices are there? I dont want to back up to 20 x DVD9's or have to buy a throw away internal drive. I have another RAID 0 setup in my system, could the program send and restore the backup to/from that?

Step 2. After the backup is complete, what's the best way/program to wipe (ie, restore) the 2 SSDs to their best possible condition? I can configure them as individual drives or as a RAID 0 when running this program, it makes no difference.

Step 3. AHCI is not for use with Raid, correct?

I am downloading Hiren's BootCD 12.0 right now in hopes that the programs recommended to me by you experts are on there.

System config is in sig.

Thanks for advice, this is my first project of the new year (followed by adding a GTX595)

Edit cant get it to show my sig, so here's system config:

Rampage Formula II Extreme X58, Intel I7-980X o'c to 4.271 ghz, 16 GB Geil RipJaw DDR3@1600 , GTX 495, 26" Planar PX2611W @1920x1200, 2 x Corsair P128 SSDs Raid0, 1 x 300GB Velociraptor, 3 x WD 2TB "Green" Raid0, Corsair 1000 watt HX PSU, Windows 7 64 Bit.
Edited by skypine27 - 12/27/10 at 10:59pm
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If you are going to try to enable TRIM in your RAID config (I honestly did not know this was possible, but maybe you heard something I have not), I would recommend doing a fresh install of Windows, and not installing from a backup. Just save the important stuff on a storage drive using drag/drop and copy back over once you are done with your new installation. It really is the best way.

As for erasing your SSD's, use Secure Erase.
Edited by karmuhhhh - 12/28/10 at 1:21am
    
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Yes, TRIM with Raid support (only 0 and 1, not 5) has been available with SSDs and certain Intel Mobos since March. The particular SSD has to support trim (which mine do with a firmware update, hence the need for a backup and reinstall) and the motherboard has to be compatible with Intels latest storage drivers.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...rim-for-raid/1

I do not see the point of a Win 7 reinstall simply after updating my drives firmware and installing the latest Intel RST drivers that enable Raid0 w/ trim support.

So again, what program do guys use for a fairly simple OS drive backup and reinstall?
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