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Hey guys,

I'm doing a new Sandy Bridge build, and I'm trying to figure out how best to set this up..

I've never done RAID before and I want to give it a shot this time around. So I have a couple questions, but first I'll show you the hardware I intend on getting.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478

That's the motherboard I'm pretty much set on.

Now, I'm getting ONE SSD for my Windows install. A 128GB Crucial:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148348

The SSD is not what I want to have in a RAID.

I also want to maintain my dual boot into Linux. So, I was thinking of maybe doing a RAID0 of 2 500GB drives and installing Linux there.

Will that work? Can I exclude the SSD from the RAID of the other drives?

Also.. I have a 1TB drive now that acts as my storage for all my music, projects, work stuff etc.. And I'm getting more worried about drive failure. So I was thinking of getting another 1TB drive and doing a RAID1, but I'm not sure if you can have multiple RAID arrays using one RAID controller.

So, TL;DR:
I have an SSD which is my main boot drive for Windows. I want to take two HDD's and RAID them together for my Linux install. Is this possible with the motherboard I'm getting?

And if that is possible, is it possible to setup a 2nd RAID array with the same controller? As in a RAID1 for two 1TB drives, for all my important data?

I know nothing about RAID, so I'm completely open to suggestions. If you think there is a much more efficient way to accomplish what I'm after, please let me know
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Or maybe I should just fork out the money for a larger SSD so I can have both OS's on it? And then I can just get one more 1TB drive and RAID that?
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Incoming triple post:

So any thoughts on this?

I'm thinking I might just cough up the dough for a ~200GB SSD and give 60% to Windows and 40% to Linux.

Then just RAID a couple TB drives.
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Don't bump your thread more than once in 24 hours, you should know better.

Yes you can RAID the drives, Dual booting on an SSD would be better. Yes you can setup multiple RAIDs and you can choose which drives.

If you do multiple RAIDs I suggest getting a dedicated RAID card, but thats just me.
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Originally Posted by Limes View Post
Don't bump your thread more than once in 24 hours, you should know better.

Yes you can RAID the drives, Dual booting on an SSD would be better. Yes you can setup multiple RAIDs and you can choose which drives.

If you do multiple RAIDs I suggest getting a dedicated RAID card, but thats just me.
You know they cost a bunch of cash? Even the "Cheaper" ones.

To OP:
You would be better of doing one RAID. Don't double the redundancy, seriously.
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You know they cost a bunch of cash? Even the "Cheaper" ones.

To OP:
You would be better of doing one RAID. Don't double the redundancy, seriously.
True, but they work a lot better than the default motherboard ones in my opinion. I paid $250~ for mine, necessary? No.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by max it View Post
You know they cost a bunch of cash? Even the "Cheaper" ones.

To OP:
You would be better of doing one RAID. Don't double the redundancy, seriously.
That's what I'm leaning towards. A big SSD for both OS's, and a RAID1 of 1TB drives.

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Originally Posted by Limes View Post
Don't bump your thread more than once in 24 hours, you should know better.

Yes you can RAID the drives, Dual booting on an SSD would be better. Yes you can setup multiple RAIDs and you can choose which drives.

If you do multiple RAIDs I suggest getting a dedicated RAID card, but thats just me.
I bumped it once. The first two posts were simultaneous
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You have way too many questions for me and I suggest you do a lot more research on RAID.

First thing is.....RAID is not a backup solution was was made for websites/operations that need to be online 24/7.

I believe the RAID options on your chosen MB will allow different types of RAID on the same controller but I'm only familiar with the ICH10 chipset.
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You have way too many questions for me and I suggest you do a lot more research on RAID.

First thing is.....RAID is not a backup solution was was made for websites/operations that need to be online 24/7.

I believe the RAID options on your chosen MB will allow different types of RAID on the same controller but I'm only familiar with the ICH10 chipset.
Yea I know nothing about RAID. I could just Backup one 1TB drive to the other every day Maybe I have no use for RAID after all
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I could just Backup one 1TB drive to the other every day
Now, that's a proper back-up!

A proper back-up is done daily/weekly on a drive that's disconnected when not being used.

Having a RAID copy will only protect the data from a drive failure.

It all depends on how much your data is worth to you.

Most people use RAID1, 0, or 5......Raid0 for speed or RAID1 or 5 for back-up/storage use.

Check out the difference in RAID levels here.
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