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My hard-drives are set to IDE mode at the minute in BIOS. Can i set my F3 and my 2TB F4 5400rpm in raid 0? if so how the friggin' hell do i do it? Are their any disadvantages/risks? Thanks, this is so nooby but it's something ive never really looked into
post #2 of 8
If one of your drives die, your information is useless. However, since you're using an Intel processor, you can use their Matrix Storage Technology. They've created a way to do RAID 0+1 or 1+0 or two drives. 0+1 is copied strips and 1+0 is where you have full disks stripped down to RAID 0. You should be able to enable RAID in the BIOS. Matrix however only supports 0, 1, 5, and 10. The real difference in RAID 0+1 and RAID 1+0 (also known as 10) will only be seen if you don't use Matrix.
Edited by HybridCore - 4/20/11 at 6:42am
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I recently did RAID 0 and I can recount my experience.

1) First, I used two matching HDDs - 500 GB F3. But I am guessing you can do with mismatched brand - not sure about size though. I will have to let someone more knowledgeable to speak on that.
2) Set your disk options to RAID within BIOS. In my BIOS there was two places to do so. If you are not going to use a backup HDD outside of RAID, set both to RAID.
3) Once you set those and reboot, the BIOS will prompt you to enter RAID setup screen. I believe you have to press Cntl-I (need to verify). But it will prompt you for 15 - 20 sec.
4) Enter the RAID setup menu and setup your volume and RAID type (in this case RAID 0). The menus are pretty self explanatory and you should not have any issue. Volume is same as partition. If you want one partition, put all your space in that. If you want to create two/multiple partition, create one volume(or partition) at a time. Once you see the menu, you will see what I am talking about.
5) Once RAID is setup, boot your computer off your Windows 7 OS disc.
6) Most motherboard manual says to install RAID drivers. Mine did too and I almost ended up pulling my last bit of hair trying to do so. Ignore that. With Windows 7, you do not need to do all that crap. Just simply install OS like you would normally do in the volume you created in #4.

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Originally Posted by HybridCore View Post
If one of your drives die, your information is useless. However, since you're using an Intel processor, you can use their Matrix Storage Technology. They've created a way to do RAID 0+1 or 1+0 or two drives. 0+1 is copied strips and 1+0 is where you have full disks stripped down to RAID 0. You should be able to enable RAID in the BIOS. Matrix however only supports 0, 1, 5, and 10. The real difference in RAID 0+1 and RAID 1+0 (also known as 10) will only be seen if you don't use Matrix.
Does Intel Matrix Storage Technology require separate drivers?
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Ok, thanks for the response.But im still unsure whether i can use my sammy 1tb and my sammy 2tb together in raid 0, i also have a spare F3 i could use for backup
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Yes, you can use both your drives for RAID, but I would advise using same type, same capacity if possible.

Also note, the total capacity of the RAID array is the sum of the amount of drives, multiplied by the capacity of the smallest drive in the array - in your case 2TB total.

And yes, its a good idea to have a backup drive in the mix in case your array goes south. Theres also a ton of RAID 'how to's" around that explain different types and advantages of each.
post #7 of 8
No. You can't use a 7200rpm drive and a 5400rpm drive for true RAID0. It's call JBOD, or something like that. Which stands for Just a Bunch of Disks. It's not nearly as fast as RAID0
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Buy one more F3 and RAID0 them and it will be fast. F3's are only $55 at Newegg right now. Then use your F4 as a backup image drive in case the RAID0 fails. This is exactly what I am about to do.
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