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Hi ALL

I need some advice and guidance on a few questions. I apologize if the same have been asked before.

My setup:
Sabertooth X58
6GB HyperX 1600Mhz RAM
nVidia GTX460
2 x Crucial C300 64GB
2 x WD Velociraptor 300GB
3 x WD Black 1TB
Corsair HX1000 PSU

I have recently purchased 2 Crucial C300 64GB SSDs intending to use them in RAID 0 as boot drives for WIN7-64. My existing WIN7-64 is installed on one of the Velociraptors.

I followed the instructions in the Sabertooth manual to load the Marvell 6GB SATA drivers during OS installation. However, I haven't been successful in installing the OS and it has failed several times but for different reasons. To mention a few:

1) RAID SSD drives disappears from BIOS!
2) Hangs halfway through the installation
3) Unable to create a new partition on the RAID drives
etc. etc. etc.
NOTE: Even when I boot from my current Velociraptor, I am unable to find the RAIDed SSDs on the system - not even Computer Management! Bottomline - UNSUCCESSFUL!

I have read some threads about switching the SSDs to a SATAII port to install the OS. But if I want to install on a RAID 0, don't I have to do it on the SATAIII ports?

Appreciate any advise/resolution on the above problem PLUS a few other side questions relating to SSDs.

A) Does the Sabertooth support SSD boot from PCI-E?

Thank you in advance
post #2 of 8
Hi and welcome to OCN.

Did you changed the HD mode to RAID? I think that you need know that SSD on RAID 0 or SSD partitions on RAID 0 don't support TRIM, so, you will have a lot of garbage. I think that in that case is better a single C300 128GB, that has better specs that the 64GB version.
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Txs for the quick response. Yes I did. I have setup RAID 0 in the BIOS but still it doesn't work. As for TRIM, I understand it is not supported in SATA3 but only in SATA2. Let me know if I am wrong. I guess the best way is still, as you mentioned, to go with a single SSD however due to budget constraint and the fact that I inherited the 2 SSDs, I tried the alternative.

Anyways, can I confirm my understanding that technically there shouldn't be problems installing a boot disk in RAID. What I still do not know is whether SATA3 has issues supporting a bootable drive. Are you able to advise on this? Or is it motherboard and BIOS dependent?
post #4 of 8
No, TRIM isn't supported on SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 6Gb/s.

Regarding the RAID problem, I don't have much experience on Intel rigs and RAID over those platforms, but I'm pretty sure that isn't a big problem, should be a simple thing very difficult to find. Maybe RAID controller?
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Last time I heard Asus was recommending NOT to install RAID0 on the Marvell 6GB SATA controller....too many problems.

TRIM isn't supported on any RAID array or SATA6.

The Marvell SATA6 controller is no where near the equal of Intel's SATA 3GB/s controller.

Put your drives on the Intel ports.

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Does the Sabertooth support SSD boot from PCI-E?
AFAIK Yep!
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My suggestion: Use the Intel controller... It's better

If you really want to try RAID on the Marvell, you'll need to get drivers for it otherwise Windows won't be able to see it.

Comparison thread Intel vs Marvell RAID: http://www.overclock.net/ssd/859715-...single-vs.html
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