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Fresh drives, Fresh OS install, how does this work?

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September 13, 2013 9:12:54 AM

Hey guys

I'm going to buy 2 120GB SSD's and RAID 0 them into one volume. I'm then going to install the operating system (windows 7 ultimate 64 bit) on the RAID 0 Volume.

These 2 SSD's and 1 TB HDD will be fresh drives in the system straight out of the box as well as the OS. My motherboard is an Asus Maximus VI Extreme with the UEFI BIOS.

I'm guessing I create the raid 0 volume with the 2 SSD's in the BIOS first, then boot off the OS disc and install it. Is it that simple or is there other things I should do?

I would like someone to tell me how to create a RAID 0 in this particular BIOS and explain how to install the OS on that RAID 0 volume. Remember that the drives and OS are fresh out of the box so nothing has data on it and it's not formatted.

Thanks :) 
a c 636 G Storage
September 13, 2013 9:21:54 AM

"I'm going to buy 2 120GB SSD's and RAID 0 them into one volume."

First off, why would you consider doing that? Unnecessary complexity and fail potential, for zero performance gain.

2 SSD's? Sure. 1 larger SSD? Even better. 2 SSD's in RAID 0? Not so much.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,...

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a b G Storage
September 13, 2013 9:22:07 AM
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You're going to be wasting your money.

You won't be able to tell the difference in speed between a single SSD and two SSDs in RAID. On top of that, running in RAID 0 doubles your chance of totally losing everything, AND SSDs get faster the larger capacity they get.

Just buy a 256GB drive and make your life waaaaaay easier.


That being said:

For instaling windows with multiple drives, you want the drive you're installing windows on to be the ONLY drive connected to the computer at that point, or else there's a sizable chance it'll put data on the other drives. With only the SSD plugged in, install windows, install all drivers, install your updates... THEN go plug the other drives in, go into hardware manager, and format and initialize them.
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