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So I want to get another c300. But I just reformatted and I'm all set up don't feel like doing it again. So whats the easiest way to make an image that I can use on my raid array?

I have used acronis to do backups but I have never actually had to restore from one.
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use the arconis recovery disk and restore image on to the raid array

but your system may not boot because windows doesn't have the raid drivers. Even if you install them beforehand you'll still get BOSD. You have to look for 'prepare' drivers, which is like a special package that prepares raid drivers before you image. Intel should have it, or if you search for them you should be able to find them.
Edited by Captain Han - 1/15/11 at 11:57pm
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use the arconis recovery disk and restore image on to the raid array

but your system may not boot because windows doesn't have the raid drivers. Even if you install them beforehand you'll still get BOSD. You have to look for 'prepare' drivers, which is like a special package that prepares raid drivers before you image. Intel should have it, or if you search for them you should be able to find them.
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Went ahead and ordered a second drive. Should be here tuesday. Anyone got any other recommendations? Never raided drives before.

Stripe size? 128 is what I feel I tend to see for ssd's. Does it really matter?

So I just do a fresh install of windows. Teh install acronis and recover right?
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Actually, windows 7 does indeed have the RAID drivers installed before hand, you shouldnt have any problem at all. However as a result of your decision to use SSDs for RAID 0, you will not benefit from TRIM technology, and i think you will not be able to use SATA 3 since most motherboards are not RAID compatible on SATA 3 (i think).

A stripe size of 128 is good. Think of the stripe size as the size of each small data strip. Therefore, the logic goes that, if you're dealing with thousands of small files, smaller stripes are better as they allocate information better. However if you have a small stripe size, and a large file, you will incur a huge boost in CPU usage(assuming youre not using a separate RAID Card) slowing things down, and sometimes this can get considerable if you have more than 2 drives.

But yes 128 would serve you well for general purposes. Good luck.
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Actually, windows 7 does indeed have the RAID drivers installed before hand, you shouldnt have any problem at all. However as a result of your decision to use SSDs for RAID 0, you will not benefit from TRIM technology, and i think you will not be able to use SATA 3 since most motherboards are not RAID compatible on SATA 3 (i think).

A stripe size of 128 is good. Think of the stripe size as the size of each small data strip. Therefore, the logic goes that, if you're dealing with thousands of small files, smaller stripes are better as they allocate information better. However if you have a small stripe size, and a large file, you will incur a huge boost in CPU usage(assuming youre not using a separate RAID Card) slowing things down, and sometimes this can get considerable if you have more than 2 drives.

But yes 128 would serve you well for general purposes. Good luck.


Ok thanks for the info. I am aware I will be losing trim. I am going to rely on the c300's garbage collection as I hear it is pretty good. I guess I will find out.

With the new sandy bridge boards sata 6gb/s is native on the intel chipset. So you can raid on it. Check out these benches I found. I know my drives will have lower writes but holy crap.



As for the stripe size info thanks for that. 128 seems fine for me.
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Ok thanks for the info. I am aware I will be losing trim. I am going to rely on the c300's garbage collection as I hear it is pretty good. I guess I will find out.

With the new sandy bridge boards sata 6gb/s is native on the intel chipset. So you can raid on it. Check out these benches I found. I know my drives will have lower writes but holy crap.



As for the stripe size info thanks for that. 128 seems fine for me.
Haha those are some impressive speeds. Enjoy them!
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Yah those aren't mine but they look great. Lol I am now debating putting the ssd in a new htpc I'm building. Its in the bedroom so it won't get a ton of use.

I think what I will probably do is install the htpc on the hdd I bought and if it feels laggy I will then slap in the c300.
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