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New machine with SSD boot drive and unused SSD for Cache with 2 mechanical drives in Raid 1

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October 26, 2013 1:55:55 PM

I am setting up a new machine with an SSD for the boot drive. For storage I would like to use and unused SSD for cashing and 2 mechanical drives in RAID 1. Can this be done and what should I do first? Should I setup the boot drive first and install the OS (win 8.1) and then add the other drives and setup the RAID later or setup up all the drive at initial installation The mobo is the Asus X79 deluxe.

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October 26, 2013 2:42:12 PM

Yes it can be done.
Put the Intel sata ports into raid mode.
Install boot ssd on one of the intel 6gb/s ports
Install windows and raid driver.
shutdown
Install the other ssd to the other intel 6gb port and the hdd's to the intel 3gb ports.
Boot into the intel raid bios utility and configure the raid1
Reboot into windows and configure caching in the intel RST utility. The cache drive needs to be completely unallocated btw.
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October 26, 2013 3:04:56 PM

Thank you I appreciate the help
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March 3, 2014 2:09:10 PM

<<Put the Intel sata ports into raid mode.>>

Sorry to be late but it is exactly what I am looking for!
I think, the idea is very good. I have the following question:
I have a samsung SSD 128 GB. In the instructions setup, it requires AHCI mode for a non-raid SSD drive (usually for boot/OS drive). Now if you set the Intel-sata ports to raid mode, what happens then?

Hardware Configuration:
I pretend to upgrade my PC to the mainboard ASUS Z87 deluxe dual.
1. One new 256 GB Samsung as Boot/windows system/programs drive
2. The actual 128 GB SSD will be used as cache
3. 2*1TB standard HDD drives
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March 29, 2014 12:41:06 AM

Would it be possible to do the same process, but with the Marvell 6gb ports?

For example:
Install OS SSD on a Intel 6gb port
Install a SSD for caching on a Marvell 6gb port
Install two HDDs on other Marvel 6gb ports then configure RAID1
Configure SSD caching via Marvell Storage Utility (or AI Suite III)

popatim said:
Yes it can be done.
Put the Intel sata ports into raid mode.
Install boot ssd on one of the intel 6gb/s ports
Install windows and raid driver.
shutdown
Install the other ssd to the other intel 6gb port and the hdd's to the intel 3gb ports.
Boot into the intel raid bios utility and configure the raid1
Reboot into windows and configure caching in the intel RST utility. The cache drive needs to be completely unallocated btw.


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