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I'm going to be setting up Raid 0 tonight, some pointers please...

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I had help from someone when I last setup my Raid 0 setup but he's not around anymore so I was wondering if OCN could give me a hand, please? I just read through the motherboard's manual on setting up a Raid 0 array and for the most part it's straight forward. It says enable Sata Raid/Ahci Mode. Then enter Raid bios to configure the array. Then create the Raid volume. Raid level = 0 (stripe). Then Strip size (128kb for Raid 0). Then capacity.

Is this where I would create my OS partition or do I dedicate all of both drive's capacity on this screen and then partition as I want it partitioned in the Windows setup?
My other question is, say I want to disconnect the SATA wires from my computer to do some cleaning after this Raid setup, do I have to go into the bios and reconfigure Raid like I just did? I didn't know about this last time and kept getting "missing operating system" so I reformatted and lost all of my data. Please let me know if I'm headed in the right direction.

Thanks

Edit: And would it slow things down if I create too many partitions? I want an OS partition, a games partition, and an applications partition. Is that counter productive, speed wise?
Edited by Vbp6us - 3/14/11 at 10:33pm
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iirc setting up raid does not partition the drives, you do it when you install the os or afterwards. personally id set up the os at the beginning of the drive (which should do it by default with win 7) then just one partition for games and applications & just use two folders to separate them
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iirc setting up raid does not partition the drives, you do it when you install the os or afterwards. personally id set up the os at the beginning of the drive (which should do it by default with win 7) then just one partition for games and applications & just use two folders to separate them
That's a really good idea. I have been doing three partitions for years now but recently I heard it's not the most efficient way to do it.

Thanks again. Anyone else want to chime in?
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as far as unplugging drives you dont have to go back into the bios to reenable raid, it stays selected. but if you accidentally turn on the computer it would just tell you that the raid array has failed... till you plug in both drives
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Setting up raid 0 and installing the OS went relatively smoothly. Really, so unplugging the Sata wires does not remove the raid array configuration? Could it be that I plugged in the two Sata wires in the wrong order last time after I was done cleaning the computer?

My friend said there is a reconfiguration process required after unplugging Sata wires in a raid setup. I guess he's full of it lol. I did get that "missing operating system" error which caused me some headache.
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