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Questions about RAID 0

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August 24, 2013 2:44:36 PM

Hey, this is my first time trying to set up a RAID 0 array. From my understanding this set up would provide the highest performance boost at the highest risk of losing data, I'm kinda fine with that. My rig is currently used only for gaming so I don't exactly have essential data on it. My MoBo is a P8P67-M Pro, seems it doesn't need a raid adapter of any sort. I already have a WD Caviar black 1tb, and going to purchase another one. Does all of that sound sensible? I just feel as though my PCs been feeling a little sluggish and I've finally capped out of storage space. Also, is this (http://www.pcworld.com/article/132877/RAID.html) a good tutorial for setting up a RAID array? And will I see any discernable increase in read/write speeds? Any other advice would be really helpful.

P.S. not too interested in SSDs, due to prohibitive cost and the fact that even with a 120/240gb sdd I don't have enough space for the apps I use frequently.

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August 24, 2013 3:13:07 PM

Yes, you will get some speed improvement with RAID0. Your MB manual should have specific instructions on setting up a RAID configuration.

You will lose all the info on your current HDD, so back up anything that you do not want to lose.

Normally you set up RAID0 with a windows install. Choose the option at the start of the install to pre-load drivers and load the RAID driver, set it up so that windows see's the two drives as one then finish loading windows. You can get the latest driver from the MB manufacturer's web site and install thru a USB 2.0. Or use the one on the MB driver disk.

Read your manual. You have to set up the BIOS too, before hand. It's all in the manual.
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August 24, 2013 3:18:33 PM

spooky2th said:
Yes, you will get some speed improvement with RAID0. Your MB manual should have specific instructions on setting up a RAID configuration.

You will lose all the info on your current HDD, so back up anything that you do not want to lose.

Normally you set up RAID0 with a windows install. Choose the option at the start of the install to pre-load drivers and load the RAID driver, set it up so that windows see's the two drives as one then finish loading windows. You can get the latest driver from the MB manufacturer's web site and install thru a USB 2.0. Or use the one on the MB driver disk.

Read your manual. You have to set up the BIOS too, before hand. It's all in the manual.


Thanks, yeah its all in my support DVD manual, was just concerned because the manual keeps referencing Windows XP and Vista.
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