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How to properly set up a SSD and 2x1TB HDDs in RAID 0?

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October 2, 2013 3:32:41 AM

Hello all,

New to the site here and I had a question.

I just purchased a Samsung EVO 120GB SSD and two 1 TB WD blacks.

I want to use the SSD just for the OS, and the two WD Blacks for everything else (games, music, etc).

I currently have a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Motherboard. Currently, I have a OCZ 60GB SSD in sata port 0, and three 500GB drives in ports 1-3 in RAID 0. The bios lets me set sata ports 0-3 and 4-5 separately. Sata ports 0-3 are setup as "as RAID type". I plugged in the Samsung SSD into sata port 4 (wanted to run some benchmarks), which is set "as sata type" in BIOS, but whenever I go into Windows, Samsung Magician says it cannot communicate with the SSD. So I set the sata 4-5 as "IDE type" in bios, and Samsung magician can communicate with it, but says that the drive should be set as AHCI, and my performance benchmark seems to reflect that.

In two weeks, I am ditching the Gigabyte board and getting an ASRock 990FX Extreme9. both have the SB950. Needless to say, I will be doing a full OS reinstall. So my question is, when I get my new board, how can I properly set up the SSD to run in AHCI mode, and the 2x1TB drives as a RAID 0 setup? I read something about only having the SSD plugged in during Windows install (I will be using 7), and plugging in the HDDs and installing the RAID afterwards. I have read around the site that setting this up properly takes some steps, and I am kinda confused how to get this set up properly. Can someone please clarify how to properly set this all up?

Thanks much in advance.
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October 2, 2013 4:17:22 AM

Hi, Set SATA to RAID, configure the RAID array, but leave the SSD as non RAID, start installing Windows and load the RAID driver during the OS installation.
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October 2, 2013 9:21:27 PM

alexoiu said:
Hi, Set SATA to RAID, configure the RAID array, but leave the SSD as non RAID, start installing Windows and load the RAID driver during the OS installation.


You don't seem to understand. If I do what you said, the RAID driver will get installed and the SSD will not be recognized as an AHCI device. It will still work, as what you mentioned is how I originally installed my 60GB OCZ SSD and my 3x500GB HDDs in RAID, but not how it should properly.. I know this because after I typed the original post, I changed sata port 0-3 type from "RAID" to "as SATA type". The SSD was fully recognized by Samsung Magician, but then I no longer have a RAID. So I'm trying to figure out how to actually set up so the SSD as its own AHCI device and the 2x1TB drives can run as a RAID device. You see what I'm saying here? I'm having trouble getting the SSD and RAID as separate entities.

I read around the forums about having just the SSD plugged in during install, and afterwards plugging in the HDDs and then setting up RAID. I am just looking for the proper steps for this as what I read was a little confusing.
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October 2, 2013 11:45:41 PM

Setup the sata controllers to raid mode with sata ports 4 & 5 set to same as sata type (trying to go from memory here)
-If you plan on raiding 0 or 1 with SSd's in the future enable raid5 now otherwise you'll have low sequential benchmarks. this doesnt really affect hhd's.
-Do not attach the two HDD's yet, only the SSD.

Install windows using the AMD raid preinstall driver. Do not have it auto update or download updates yet. You can change this later.
- install your chipset drivers, GPU, lan, audio drivers

Shut down and now install the two HDD.s
Enter the raid bios and configure the raid as you wish.
-exiting will reboot.

Boot windows. You may need to run diskmgmt.msc and manually partition/format the raid drives.

Follow the SSD optimizations suggested in the SSD sticky thread at the top of this forum
Re-enable windows updating to automatic or whatever plan you normally use.

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October 28, 2013 1:45:27 PM

what port to put the ssd on then? 4 or 5?
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October 28, 2013 3:06:56 PM

With all ports being in raid mode it doesnt matter. I typically reserve 0 + 1 for the boot drive/bootable raid, followed by harddrives and the last ones saved for optical drives.

If you have an issue you'd like to discuss, please start a new thread for you.
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