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Windows 7: How to install Win7 to an SSD Raid array?

11 Jun 2011   #1

Win 7 x64
 
 
How to install Win7 to an SSD Raid array?

I would like to get 2 SSD’s and put them into a raid array using Windows 7-64bit, but wanted to make sure I understand how to do that. The 2 SSD’s will be the only drives in the system. My computer has an X58 motherboard with an ICH10R. Here is what I think is the correct procedure:
Boot into the bios.
Set the storage config to RAID (the other choices are IDE and AHCI)
Reboot and hit Cntrl-I to get into raid menu during boot.
Set up the raid array in the setup screen.
Reboot to the Windows 7 install CD and install Windows

Is this correct? Are there any other steps I need or tips I should be aware of?

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11 Jun 2011   #2

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I personally would stay away from RAID, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.
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11 Jun 2011   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What do you hope to gain from the Raid setup. Your OS will not run any faster because your access time is the same as for a single SSD. You may gain a bit if you write or read large data blocks with certain programs. But most OS R/Ws are in the 4K and 8K area.
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11 Jun 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
I personally would stay away from RAID, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.


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11 Jun 2011   #5

Win 7 x64
 
 

I have never used a raid array before and was going to run some benchmarks with one SSD (non raid), then repeat using the 2 SSD raid array. If there is no performance advantage, I will stick with just one drive (non raid). The reason for the original post was to make sure I was not doing something in the setup that would interfere with my comparison.
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11 Jun 2011   #6

Win 7 x64
 
 

I tried this on two old HDD's. Apparently I need a raid driver. It asks for a driver during Windows install. What driver is needed here?
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11 Jun 2011   #7

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

At one time there was no TRIM with SSD Raid . My read on it was that it worked great at first but performance declined significantly over time. You might want to see if this issue has been resolved. When I did my mechanical RAID setup I had to load the RAID driver from an external floppy drive before the setup would go forward. Strangely I could not get it to recognize USB? The ICH10R driver should be available from the mobo manufacturer. SSD Raid is something I would like to try but not without some sort of garbage collection and I would not try it on my first RAID venture. But what the hey, making expensive mistakes is a great way to learn!
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12 Jun 2011   #8

Win 7 x64
 
 

I give up - I could not make it work. I tried installing Windows 7 without using the raid driver (during install) and I tried installing Windows 7 with adding the driver. I also tried each of those (driver and no driver) and then hitting Control-I during POST and then without hitting Control-I. So far, there are 4 ways to proceed - all failed when I tried to boot into the new Windows 7 install. When the four balloons come together, it stops and then BSOD, then shuts down. This means a driver is not installed. Next I installed Windows 7 without adding the drivers and then when I booted into windows, I added RST 10.1.0.1008, but I could not create a raid array using the RST software. Out of all the combinations, you would have thought one would work, but all to no avail. Maybe there is one more combination I did not try.
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13 Jun 2011   #9

W7x64 Ult.
 
 

So, when you hit the control I how did that part of the setup go? If I remember there were several choices that had to be made and what not...Stripe size was one for sure. Did all of that go well?
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13 Jun 2011   #10

Win 7 x64
 
 

That part went very well. I'm just not sure I did all the other steps in the correct sequence.
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