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Hi, I have a gateway nv7905h laptop with 2 500gb hard drives.
I would like to set them up in RAID 0 for performance but all the guides dont work for me.

I dont see the option in disk management windows 7 or intel matrix storage program either.

If anyone knows how to do this simply, please let me know.
Thank you.
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is a laptop even capable of raid 0?

you have to have the correct motherboard that can support raid 0.
 
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post #3 of 11
I wouldn't recommend that. your laptop probably has no raid drivers rendering that impossible, and even if you could, the whole thing goes down if one drive breaks.
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is a laptop even capable of raid 0?
Absolutely.

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I wouldn't recommend that. your laptop probably has no raid drivers rendering that impossible, and even if you could, the whole thing goes down if one drive breaks.
Why not? Many laptops that support multiple HDDs also support RAID.

That's the risk of RAID.

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Originally Posted by markolic View Post
Hi, I have a gateway nv7905h laptop with 2 500gb hard drives.
I would like to set them up in RAID 0 for performance but all the guides dont work for me.

I dont see the option in disk management windows 7 or intel matrix storage program either.

If anyone knows how to do this simply, please let me know.
Thank you.
Which Intel chipset(s) are used in that laptop?
What version of Windows are you using?
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post #5 of 11
In fact any computer that supports multiple drives is RAID capable, just through Windows disk management. Software RAID0 is going to be faster than a single drive.

http://www.softwaresecretweapons.com...-context-menus

My MSI laptop has dual hard drive bays, and I plan on getting a second drive to add in and run RAID0 through disk management.

This guy did some tests, and they actually look pretty good. Obviously hardware raid is where it's at, but if you don't have a RAID controller integrated on your motherboard, you can still get RAID0.

http://kmwoley.com/blog/?p=429
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Sorry for double post, but one point which is important regarding software striping with Windows 7. I am not positive, but I do believe that you need Windows 7 Professional in order to create RAID volumes within Disk Management.

Hopefully someone can confirm this?
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My motherboard is the standard one for nv79 , I have windows 7 home premium but I can get the windows 7 professional disk if needed. I don't need any redundancy or backup, just speed
post #8 of 11
on most gateway laptops you hit ctrl+i to get into the raid menu assuming you have it turned on in the bios. my 6860 had 320 gig drives in raid for a while but i just went and got a SSD and dropped raid.
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Problem is I reformatted and installed windows 7 again so I lost all the gateway software so I don't think that ctrl + I will work
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Problem is I reformatted and installed windows 7 again so I lost all the gateway software so I don't think that ctrl + I will work
not 100% sure this will work for you since yours is slightly different than the one i am on but you need to go into the bios and set it to raid. then you wil get the option to build a new array when you reboot.
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