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Can work with different drives, but for the best performance, identical drives are what you want. And of course, if you want to run RAID1 (mirrored) your maximum capacity will be that of the smallest drive.
K, thanks but when creating a RAID Array all data on existing drives will be wiped even RAID 1?
     
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K, thanks but when creating a RAID Array all data on existing drives will be wiped even RAID 1?
If you want to create a RAID0 array you will have to erase all the data from the disks in the array. Backup your data some where off the disks to be included in the new array, create your RAID0 array, then copy the data back to the newly formed array.

For RAID1 it depends on the RAID controller. You have a GIGABYTE board and I never used their RAID controller.

Almost all current controllers will ask you for a target drive to copy data from. You will just have to try it out and see what happens. If it tells you all data will be lost or erased dont continue, and look for another way to do it.

I highly suggest you backup the data on any disks before playing around with any RAID setups. If that is not possible, you can always try, but keep in mind, you are taking a risk with your data any time you are creating RAID arrays with disks that have data on them.
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If you want to create a RAID0 array you will have to erase all the data from the disks in the array. Backup your data some where off the disks to be included in the new array, create your RAID0 array, then copy the data back to the newly formed array.

For RAID1 it depends on the RAID controller. You have a GIGABYTE board and I never used their RAID controller.

Almost all current controllers will ask you for a target drive to copy data from. You will just have to try it out and see what happens. If it tells you all data will be lost or erased dont continue, and look for another way to do it.

I highly suggest you backup the data on any disks before playing around with any RAID setups. If that is not possible, you can always try, but keep in mind, you are taking a risk with your data any time you are creating RAID arrays with disks that have data on them.
Shouldn't be a problem as I'm selling an old system (not full PC) to get QUAD SSDs, and will do a fresh Window 7 installation anyhow.

You think boot up times will be much faster than a single SSD by a significant margin? I'm still under budget after getting the SSDs and drives for RAID 1. I wonder what else I can do to increase performance
     
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Shouldn't be a problem as I'm selling an old system (not full PC) to get QUAD SSDs, and will do a fresh Window 7 installation anyhow.

You think boot up times will be much faster than a single SSD by a significant margin? I'm still under budget after getting the SSDs and drives for RAID 1. I wonder what else I can do to increase performance
Don't bother.... four SandForce or Marvel SSDs in RAID0 will be bottlenecked by the controller.

No, it will not improve boot time by that much. Boot times are most random reads which RAID doesn't help much.
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Don't bother.... four SandForce or Marvel SSDs in RAID0 will be bottlenecked by the controller.

No, it will not improve boot time by that much. Boot times are most random reads which RAID doesn't help much.
OS as well as games (although I don't really play) You sure...? Regardless http://www.kitguru.net/components/ss...performance/8/ shows a DUAL RAID Sandforce decreased boot time by 6 secs compared to a single drive so I'm assuming from those results an unbottlenecked QUAD RAID 0 will get below 20 secs
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You think boot up times will be much faster than a single SSD by a significant margin? I'm still under budget after getting the SSDs and drives for RAID 1. I wonder what else I can do to increase performance
I cant really answer that... I've seen benchmarks of 2xSSDs in RAID 0 having twice the read speed as a single SSD. As for boot times, I dont know, I have not used a system with SSDs in RAID 0 personally. Theoretically boot time can be twice as fast, I do not know if that is the case tho.

After POST my SSD gets me into windows and able to open programs in 8 seconds flat. Is there REALLY a need to get into windows faster than that? That's for you and your wallet to decide.
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I cant really answer that... I've seen benchmarks of 2xSSDs in RAID 0 having twice the read speed as a single SSD. As for boot times, I dont know, I have not used a system with SSDs in RAID 0 personally. Theoretically boot time can be twice as fast, I do not think that is probable tho.

After POST my SSD gets me into windows and able to open programs in 8 seconds flat. Is there REALLY a need to get into windows faster than that? That's for you and your wallet to decide.
Yeah, no where else to go, however if you're loading a game it definitely will be faster?
OR
I'm considering upgrading the RAM to 16GB as well just for the sake of it, and get some applications to boot off the RAM.
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