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Windows 7: How to setup raid 0 with SSD

16 Dec 2011   #1
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
How to setup raid 0 with SSD

Hi,
I recently bought my new computer, and it came with two RealSSD C300 256 GB.
I want to set up raid 0 to have one drive with 512 GB. I really don't mind the performance boost, i just want to have one partition with 512 GB.
I already have it on RAID mode, but whenever the Marvel screen appears, i already tried pressing CTRL M, CTRL R, CTRL I, Space, none of those seem to work.

I own the Maximus IV Extreme motherboard.

What do i do?

Thanks,
Alex.


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16 Dec 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

You cannot have a single partition of 512GB using standard RAID architecture - the RAID0 will still only be 256GB in size. It sounds like what you are after is a JBOD.

Non-RAID drive architectures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Regards,
Golden

EDIT : Actually, I've had a mad moment, I was thinking about RAID1, my apologies. You can do that with a RAID0. Have you tried using the Intel RAID controller? Are you comfortable with the risk inherent in a RAID0 setup?
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16 Dec 2011   #3
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

You cannot have a single partition of 512GB using standard RAID architecture - the RAID0 will still only be 256GB in size. It sounds like what you are after is a JBOD.

Non-RAID drive architectures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Regards,
Golden

EDIT : Actually, I've had a mad moment, I was thinking about RAID1, my apologies. You can do that with a RAID0. Have you tried using the Intel RAID controller? Are you comfortable with the risk inherent in a RAID0 setup?
Yes, i am comfortable with the risk. How do i use the intel RAID controller? The one time i had to setup raid, all i had to do was press CTRL M, configure the raid type, select volume, and it was done.

Now i press CTRL M, I , R and space, even f6 but nothing happens.
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16 Dec 2011   #4
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

if i'm not mistaking you have to set the controller to raid in your bios first . then when booting you should see press ctrl + i . that will let you setup your drives.

scrooge
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16 Dec 2011   #5
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
if i'm not mistaking you have to set the controller to raid in your bios first . then when booting you should see press ctrl + i . that will let you setup your drives.

scrooge

Thats just the thing, i set it to RAID, and i press control + i but it wont show me the setup.
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16 Dec 2011   #6
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Is the keyboard working? That's all I got.
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16 Dec 2011   #7
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scrooge View Post
if i'm not mistaking you have to set the controller to raid in your bios first . then when booting you should see press ctrl + i . that will let you setup your drives.


scrooge

Thats just the thing, i set it to RAID, and i press control + i but it wont show me the setup.
Nevermind that, i had to dig in a little deeper in the BIOS setting to find another RAID setting. But now i am seeing Options like Stripe Size, quick init and Cache Mode. What do i choose? Writethru or Writeback in cache mode, also what stripe size?
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16 Dec 2011   #8
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

i'd use the system setting.


scrooge
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16 Dec 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you want 1 partition spanning 2 drives you have to use spanned volumes, also called dynamic disks. But I really fail to see the purpose of that.
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16 Dec 2011   #10
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I managed to make Raid 0 work, i created a VD with 64kb Stripe Size, Write back.
But, the windows installer is not recognizing it, while the boot section of the bios is.

What do i do? Should i install any driver?
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