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Hey, I was hoping someone could walk me through the following setup: I currently have my OS and programs installed on my SSD with my HDD used for storage (music, videos, games, etc) I'm running out of storage space so I ordered two Samsung F3 1TB drives from Newegg for RAID 0 setup and I'm not sure exactly how to go about setting this up without having to reinstall Windows or anything...all the guides I've found are for people who are putting their OS on their RAID, not for people using it solely for storage. And help would be greatly appreciated.
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You should be fine.

I did it awhile ago!

Enable raid in your bios, exit and restart. Go into the raid controller next boot and set the two harddrives in raid0; just make sure they are the right ones (not your SSD or exsisting data drive)! If you want to be super careful not to overwrite your current drives, just unplug them before creating the array. After the array is made just turn your computer, plug back in your other drives (if you took the safe route) and you should be good to go!

If it's not booting after your setup your array, go back into the bios and just make sure your boot order is still set right! I've had it change to #2 or #3 before and it wouldn't work.

Hope this helps!
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1. Plug your drives in and boot into BIOS.

2. Enable RAID from your BIOS options(don't worry your SSD will remain in AHCI).

3. Reboot and hit your motherboard shortcut for getting into your controller BIOS.

4. Select new RAID 0 array and choose the two identical drives you have just bought.

5. Select a stripe size of about 128kb(this is for general use, post back if you will be using your computer for handling either very large files or very small ones, we could then change the stripe size accordingly).

6. Create the Array. Since you have Windows 7 already installed the drivers should be already on there and you shouldnt face a problem.

7. Go into Windows...you may have to format your drive(new drive of 2TB) for it to show up in windows and to be useful. (right click My Computer>manage>Disk management) . I think you can manage from then on.

8. Report back with HD tune results(run an error scan to see how the array is holding up).


Hope you found this helpful.
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Thanks for the help! +rep for both. I'll post my HD tune results soon...not sure if I'll be able to install them tonight or tomorrow yet.
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Okay, so I tried setting it up and I BSOD...I was able to create the array fine using just the 2 1TB drives and I had the Vertex 2 set to boot first and everything in RAID mode, but it would either BSOD or try (and fail) to to a Windows recovery. It was only after I plugged my old HDD back in and switched to ACHI mode that I was able to get back to Windows...help???
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You cant change SATA modes without reinstalling windows, well not in theory.

You can try this http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...ch9-ich9r.html

Also are you sure you want to RUN in RAID 0? That offers no redundancy, one drive dies you loose all your DATA.
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You cant change SATA modes without reinstalling windows, well not in theory.

You can try this http://forums.hexus.net/hexus-hardwa...ch9-ich9r.html

Also are you sure you want to RUN in RAID 0? That offers no redundancy, one drive dies you loose all your DATA.
Redundancy isn't a concern for me; I back up to an external drive daily and will setting up a CrashPlan account as soon as this is set so my Data will be fine. Thanks for the link, I'll take a look at it in a bit. Still no look on my end...
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