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p8z77-m pro SSD + Raid

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May 31, 2013 12:49:35 PM

Guys, p8z77-m pro supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10 and i was thinking to put this.

6Gb/s Port : SSD = for Operating System
4x 3Gb/s Port : 4 Hard Drives

Which do you think is the best configuration of raid i can use and anybody here have experience of using this on board raid they have for this motherboard?

How do i start on this? how do i configure the SSD to be a single drive while the 4 hard drives are for raid?

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a c 127 G Storage
May 31, 2013 1:18:29 PM

On my saber tooth mb you turn on raid in the bios. Then on power up hit control I and go into intel raid set up. Then select the drives you want to add to your raid drive. Then format the raid drive.
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a b G Storage
May 31, 2013 1:19:19 PM

RAID-10 (1+0) for data security and speed. If 4x1GB HDD's you will end up with 2GB usable space pre-formatting.
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May 31, 2013 1:36:49 PM

Currently i havent tried the bios setup yet to make it raid configuration, but i already have an installed OS on my SSD, will it work if i set it up for raid? im afraid to change dunno what will happen :D 
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a b G Storage
June 11, 2013 12:42:52 PM

That's how I do it, setup OS on SSD with raid drives disconnected, then once OS installed, create raid.
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a c 869 G Storage
June 11, 2013 1:51:41 PM

Yes, and you wont need to setup the raid thru the raid bios. You can do it right thru Windows with the Intel Maxtrix Storage software.

Edit
raid 0 with 4 drives will give you maximum space and speed with minimum protection. four 1tb drives = 4tb usable. A good backup routine is essential as there is no protection. Should 1 drive fail all your data is lost.

raid10 gives you maximum protection with minimum usable space.
four 1tb drives nets you 2tb usable space. The other 2tb is used as a copy of the other 2tb, hence the protection. Speed is roughly half of raid0 speed. Backups are still required imo.

raid 5 gives you some protection and some speed.
a four 1tb array will net you 3tb usable space. Writes are slower reads are pretty fast. Again backups are still required imo.
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