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Hey guys.

I've got two WD 2TB Green drives that I'm looking to RAID. Ignore the sig, a little outdated but it's what I have now (I don't like to change it until I have the new components installed). Right now I've got a 60GB Vertex 2 for my OS that is waiting to be installed and I'm going to install all my games onto my 150GB Raptor, so I think I've got performance storage down.

I want to RAID 0 the two 2TB drivers for max storage, not performance. I've got a lot of media/video files I stream to my Xbox/another computer so I want it all on one drive. Is it possible to RAID these into a 4TB beast? Not interested in performance since this is literally a dumping yard for these files to sit. The only thing is, is it possible to RAID disk that AREN'T my primary drive with my OS files?

Thanks for the help.
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Yeah you will just have to have them setup for RAID mode in the BIOS.

A basic diagram would be:

SATA Port 1: ACHI Mode - SSD
SATA Port 2: ACHI Mode - Raptor HDD
SATA Port 3: RAID Mode - WD HDD
SATA Port 4: RAID Mode - WD HDD

After that you'll be prompted to enter the RAID BIOS and setup the two HDD's in RAID mode. You'll want to use RAID 0 so they will be a 4TB Partition.

With Windows, you'll have to use GPT partition tables so it is recognized in it's full 4TB flavor.
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Danke schön, Tator Tot!

Is this all relatively straightforward, or can you point me to a guide or something that will ease me through it? I looked at a couple on here, but one was from '05. Will I need to install any RAID drivers or anything?
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Danke schön, Tator Tot!

Is this all relatively straightforward, or can you point me to a guide or something that will ease me through it? I looked at a couple on here, but one was from '05. Will I need to install any RAID drivers or anything?
To be honest, it's been a long time since I've used an nVidia chipset (like 2 years almost I think.)

I do believe you'll need to load some RAID Drivers for Windows as I had to on XP. But that is Windows XP and I am not sure if 7 or Vista need them.

I would keep them on hand in a USB Drive (a long with your other drivers.)

As for a guide; the manual to your motherboard should tell you how to setup RAID.
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RAID drivers: found in conjuction with mobo drives? separate files? Anything with RAID in the past I've ignored so I wouldn't know where to look.

I'll check the motherboard guide too, thanks!
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RAID drivers: found in conjuction with mobo drives? separate files? Anything with RAID in the past I've ignored so I wouldn't know where to look.

I'll check the motherboard guide too, thanks!
EVGA had separate RAID drivers on their website for my last board from them (EVGA 590a SLi)

So yeah, they're usually separate.

Obviously with an nVidia chipset, keep all the drivers on the USB drive because when you load windows you'll have no LAN function (that annoyed me to no end.)
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Checked the manual, gave me little to nothing. Just told me how to enable RAID in about half a page. There was, however, a blurb at the end about installing software and it said the CD includes the RAID drivers I'd need. I checked NVIDIA's website and found this. So I guess it's included in the standard motherboard driver/I may already have it installed but we'll see. I'll toss the driver on a USB stick just in case.

Thanks again!
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I'm going to try later tonight, hopefully, so keep in touch with this forum and I'll let you know how it goes! If it goes as I expect, I'll have plenty of problems that need fixin'.

Also, I noticed I can't rep you, probably because you're a mod. So I'm giving you rep anyways, verbally. Thanks!
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I'll be around the forums, I generally am
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