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Windows 7: Setting up SSD Raid 0 (zero) on BIOS - Formatting in Disk Management?

04 Jun 2015   #1
GRAHAM3D

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Setting up SSD Raid 0 (zero) on BIOS - Formatting in Disk Management?

OK. I have created an SSD RAID 0 in my ASUS BIOS.
DO I have to do the RAID again in Windows 7 "Disk Management"?
Has it already been Striped by the BIOS or do I have to format it as Striped?

I'm using it it for my Boot Disk.
2 x Samsung 256GB 850 Pro: Extended to 512GB.
I also have a PCI 6GB SATA controller, but I am doing the RAID on the motherboard. ASUS P8z77.


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04 Jun 2015   #2
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No, Windows Disk Management will see those 2 SSDs as 1.
Have the SATA RAID pre-install drivers ready (on a USB stick) from motherboard support page for Windows installation.

Possibly this one - Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology Driver Software V11.0.0.1032 for Windows XP/7 32bit & 64bit.(WHQL)
Intel(R) AHCI/RAID Driver for Windows XP/7 32bit & 64bit. https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P8...Desk_Download/
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11 Jun 2015   #3
GRAHAM3D

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks GoKay
That solved it.
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09 Jul 2015   #4
GRAHAM3D

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Its working fine now. Although I am concerned that it is RAID 0. So I backup incrementally using EaseUS ToDo Backup every 2 hours. So I should be fine.

To be extra secure I have bough another Samsung Pro 2506GB disk and will now try to convert to RAID 5. 2 disk plus 1 for parity.

Wish me luck.
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09 Jul 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

RAID 5 on our boards usually is low performance, but maybe SSD will negate that. Tell us how it will turn out. Backing up is always a good idea.
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09 Jul 2015   #6
GRAHAM3D

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

When you say "our boards" do you mean Asus motherboards?
I also have a SATA PCI 6G express card (with 4 slots) on the backplane. It is made by IOcrest. Model ref: SI-PEX40064, Marvell 88SE9215.
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09 Jul 2015   #7
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Asus, msi, gigabyte - the whole lot for home consumers. The PCI-e card should do it alright, as it has a dedicated processor for parity computations.
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