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Hey guys I'm having some trouble setting up Raid0 on my Biostar MCP6P M2+. I have a 320 and 120 trying to tie them together for better performance but I can't seem to figure out how to set up an array with out it giving me that Failure to boot disk, please insert system disk or something like that.

I managed once to get it to work but when I began to install windows it didn't show any hard drives when I was picking a partition to install windows in.

Any help would be appreciated please smile.gif

Edit: I forgot to mention, when ever I go into the settings for Raid (while checking raid) it gives me an option to set up an array. I do it but in the end it only shows how much space the first hard drive has, not all in total.

Edit1: Alright I managed to make the hard drive show up in Windows 7 installation but why is my array only 223gb when one hard drive is 320 and the other is 120? Shouldn't they be around 430? or is it choosing the lowest hard drive? and limiting the 320 to only 120 as well?
Edited by esp81 - 2/13/11 at 12:34pm
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You cannot raid 0 like that. Raid 0 will limit you to the size of the smallest drive, hence the 223Gb's. You're best bet is to get a matching hard drive to one of the listed. Depending on the hard drives themselves, if one is much quicker than the other, they can "drop" out of the array, and then you are back at square one. My suggestion is to not go this route, and get a matching hard drive.
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if you read any guides about raid 0 ( like i did recently ) they all say to use matching hard drives with matching model numbers. as for the setting up raid 0 , i cant help you because i had so much trouble doing it myself yesterday for the first time i dont know how i got it working. to be honest, save your money and get one ssd. i dont notice a difference with my two WD caviar black 500gig in raid 0.
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Hi! I've also got a Biostar MCP6P M2+ mobo and I didn't have any trouble setting up a 3 HDD RAID0 array on it.

I have 3 identical Eaglestor 80gb 7200rpm SATA2 drives in a RAID0 array for a total of 223gb as my main drive and a 1tb Seagate SATA2 as my data drive. The data drive, of course, isn't part of the RAID array anymore.

The RAID0 array was set up using just the hardware setup utility in the BIOS and it was done in minutes on the first attempt. Just follow the instructions in the user manual and you should be good.

I don't think using dissimilar drives in a RAID array is a good idea though, especially on a striped RAID0 array. They should always be identical drive types, makes and models as much as possible, or at least, have the same capacities and speeds. Otherwise, you'd be able to use as much space as the lowest capacity drive multiplied by the number of drives in the array in a RAID0 or just as much as the lowest capacity drive in a mirrored RAID1 array. All the extra space on your larger drive would just be wasted.

Another factor to consider when setting up a RAID0 drive is data safety. You should never use a RAID0 array to store important documents without having them backed up elsewhere. If one drive crashes, all your data on that array will be trashed and can't be recovered anymore. And the more drives that your RAID0 has, the higher the chance of a hard drive crash happening. That's why I only use my RAID0 drive for my system and programs. All my data gets saved on the other drive.

But if all you want is sheer speed, RAID0 is really the way to go, and adding more drives to the array will increase the transfer rate even more. With a properly set up RAID0 array, only SSDs will come close to their persormance.
    
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I get amazing performance out of my RAID 0 array

3 WD 250gb. Cav. II's set up as one 250gb. volume in the RAID BIOS
with a 64kb stripe size
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