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Windows 7: SSD Question

21 Oct 2010   #1
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 
SSD Question

I hope I am posting in the right place. This is a real Noob question, but... I am considering installing 2 40GB Intel V-25 SSds in raid with a spinner as a data drive. My main question - is there any implications or problems I will encounter and is this a feasible plan?

Thanks in advance for any help.


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21 Oct 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

That will work fine. However, I must ask why you want a RAID setup with SSD drives?

If simply to make more capacity, ok
If simply to gain more performance....most likely unnecessary as the higher throughput won't benefit the mostly small random reads/writes done by the OS.
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21 Oct 2010   #3
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

Actually, I was doing it for both. I did want the performance increase - Plus I could afford it. The only other one I could get was the 80GB X25-M. I am just not sure what the difference between the V and the M. It seems that the V has been around for awhile and is quite stable but the M is a more recent version and I don't find much info on it.

Thanks for the quick reply.
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21 Oct 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually, the M has been around longer as far as I know. It's the "mainstream" version of the drive. The V is the value series.

I have a 80GB Intel X25-M g2.
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21 Oct 2010   #5
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The M series have been around longer than the Value drives. If it's in within your budget, go with the M series.
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21 Oct 2010   #6
thehappyman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You'll be Happy with your SSD !!!!
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01 Nov 2010   #7
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Two Intel X25-V's (40GB each) in RAID are a little bit faster than a Intel X25-M (80GB) but, with RAID you loose the TRIM function.

The speed would likely not be noticeable, as both are pretty fast, the X25-M is faster.

Here is an article comparing the X25-M and two X25-V in RAID.
Intel X25-V in RAID-0: Faster than X25-M G2 for $250?

I would get the X25-M single SSD, unless you have a specific reason for the RAID.
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01 Nov 2010   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Do the newest Intel AHCI drivers not pass TRIM commands to the RAID?

I've been reading they do however have not actually tested them. I only run a single SSD for the OS.

At any count, I too am in the same camp of running just a single SSD for the OS.
Less headache and chance of issues.

Besides, a SSD is fast enough a RAID array really isn't necessary.
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01 Nov 2010   #9
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Agree that one SSD is fast enough for most people.

I've read rumors that the Intel beta drivers might pass the TRIM command, but haven't seen it confirmed.
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01 Nov 2010   #10
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 X64
 
 

I was on the Intel forum last night. The way they explained it was that you can confirm that the OS is passing the trim command to the SSD. What they can not confirm is that the SSD is accepting that command.
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