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I just got two WD 300gb velociraptors as a replacement for my 500gb caviar green HDD. I just backed up my files and I'm starting a fresh install.

how can I do this? I'm a total noob about HDD's so I have no clue about this. I MIGHT figure it out in the bios but im not sure if it's that easy

a few questions I have:

*should I configure raid0 first then install the OS?

*do I need a raid0 driver or something when setting them up?

*how does two 300gb velociraptors @raid0 compare against an SSD?

TIA OCN god bless everyone
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You have to configure the drives as a RAID array first, then set them in the bios as the main HDDs for boot, then install OS and possibly load drivers for the RAID chipset being used. You will most likely need the motherboard cd for the drivers. If its WIn7, and you have two optical drives, you can use the cd directly in the second drive and load the RAID drivers directly. Make sure no other HDDs are connected when doing OS install, as this can screw the installation up
     
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Burn the RAID drivers to a disc, after you format the drives, go into BIOS and setup a RAID0 config with the two drives, reboot with Windows disc, it will run though until you get to the part where you select what drive you want Windows on, it won't find the RAID0 array, click install drives or whatever it says, insert your driver disc, select driver, install driver, take driver disc out and put the Windows CD back in, select your RAID array and the rest is normal install.

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what about the fact that you need signed drivers to make it work with windows 7, if there not signed they are not going to work.

there are a few work around's but it requires you to be constantly hitting F8 every boot.
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what about the fact that you need signed drivers to make it work with windows 7, if there not signed they are not going to work.

there are a few work around's but it requires you to be constantly hitting F8 every boot.
That's not 100% true. When I installed my RAID driver's on Win7, it said they were not signed, but it still loaded and installed the OS correctly
     
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did it ?

please don't be kidding me, I have been looking into it for ages (well a few days recently). I had given up hope on setting up a striped raid set up just because of that.

I just get the box that says they're not signed and that's it, can't you give me more info?
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wow. this is a lot complicated than I thought it would be. so to my understanding I need to setup raid0 at the bios first (which I have no clue on doing but I'll read it up) after making the adjustments on the bios I should now proceed in installing windows 7 then when it gets to the part when I'm gonna choose which HDD I'll install the OS, there I will need the RAID0 drivers then there is where I will configure it BEFORE installing the OS. did I get that right?
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wow. this is a lot complicated than I thought it would be. so to my understanding I need to setup raid0 at the bios first (which I have no clue on doing but I'll read it up) after making the adjustments on the bios I should now proceed in installing windows 7 then when it gets to the part when I'm gonna choose which HDD I'll install the OS, there I will need the RAID0 drivers then there is where I will configure it BEFORE installing the OS. did I get that right?
RAID setup should be in Gigabyte's manual.

There's no configuring anything when you install the drivers, you just install the correct drivers, put the Windows CD back in, refresh the HDD list and select your RAID from the list windows gives you.

It only sounds complicated.
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just got the link on the gigabyte site on the RAID drivers that I'll need and I don't understand a thing lol. I have 4 downloads here and I don't know which to download. out of this 4 drivers which is the one I need for RAID0
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=3005#dl


what's this to read from floppy? do I need a floppy drive O_O
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