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Single F3 to dual F3's(Raid0)

post #1 of 12
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Ok so my situation.
-I currently have a SSD for my OS+Programs.
-HDD F3 for User files.

What I would like to do is add a second F3 and put them in raid. I want to leave my SSD and have Raid for my User files.I prefer Raid 0 for the performance.

I need help and instructions on how to save current F3, then setup RAID and move the user files to the RAID setup.

I have and extra 320GB to move my current user files while RAID is created.

Please help, thanks
post #2 of 12
copy the files to the other drive, go into the bios and switch the drives settings from ide to raid then use the raid bios (normally a button press after the post) and set up the array in there.

format the array once done and copy the files back across.
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I would use acronis and back up the f3. And also windows has a backup on it also. Then once you set up both drives int he raid config after you turn it on. I would then just restore it to the raid 0. And then i would keep a backup on the raid on the 320 weekly. As no protection is offered on the raid-0 drives. Acronis does a backup every friday for me. And it just adds the new stuff that i placed on the drive. The button should be ctrl+f after you enable the raid in the bios.
post #4 of 12
how much faster is it in raid?
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by Not A Good Idea View Post
how much faster is it in raid?
Pretty much doubles the speed.

I would just move everything you want saved to the external drive,
then go into the BIOS; set RAID and reboot.

Press the key combination that your mobo has for its RAID management,
enter the utility, select proper settings and reboot.

Install Windows or whatever comes next for you (depends if you have the Windows on the SSD) and thats pretty much it.

Move the files back to the RAID0.
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Here is raid-0 on my f3's and my intel 80gig ssd for compares. And also results for one f3 also. And the f3's in raid-0 after a defrag.


post #7 of 12
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Cool guys, thanks. I was just worried about going into the bios and changing to raid and having it cause problems with my ssd. Sounds like its pretty much a wizard setup once enable in the BIOS.

+Rep to ya
post #8 of 12
Just remember that all your important user files are now twice as likely to get lost.

I would highly recommend an alternate form for (preferably external) storage for user file backups. A cheap external harddrive would be good... just in case one of the drives in the array conks out.
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post #9 of 12
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oh ya def will be having an external backup. Speaking of that any ideas on whats the best software. I want just a mirrored image for easier backups and restores.
post #10 of 12
Acronis as i stated earlier. But windows does have its on backup software built in. Here is a link to acronis for a free trial.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing...age/index.html
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