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Just got a 2nd SSD, need some help

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January 21, 2014 11:42:52 AM

I have a OCZ Vertex 4, 128gb SSD... Its great, but I would like a little more space, so browsing online, I found kingston v300 120gb ssd for $69.99! Couldnt pass it up!

Now, I want to run the set up in Raid 0, Im pretty sure I can set that up but what I need help with is cloning my current SSD to my 3TB external HDD for backup, so I can hook the 2nd up and put it back on, splitting the data... IM LOST!

Can anyone tell me what it is I need to do and the best way to go about doing it?

Thanks!!

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January 21, 2014 12:05:31 PM

Not really looking for a performance boost... Mainly, I just want to combine the 2 and make 248gb instead of 2 separate drives, that way Im not moving stuff from one place to another.
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January 21, 2014 12:23:54 PM

raid 0 combines the capacity of the two
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January 21, 2014 12:24:13 PM

raid 1 is the exact mirroring and increased performance mode
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January 21, 2014 12:26:20 PM

Thats what I thought, so how do I clone my current ssd to hdd and reverse? Or would I not need to?
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January 21, 2014 12:28:27 PM

honestly i'm not sure, from what i have been taught, things like raid are best done upon initial setup rather than added later to the system. it may be best for you to just have them as seperate drive instead of fondling with settings and possibly doing something wrong
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January 21, 2014 12:28:52 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
raid 1 is the exact mirroring and increased performance mode


raid 1 isnt performance, It just copies the same file on both drives, to give you backed up data.
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January 21, 2014 12:31:21 PM

It is both according to multiple sites
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January 21, 2014 12:36:08 PM

1. To use two drives, you do not need a RAID array. Just have two discreet drives, C and D.
2. Creating a RAID array actually increases the fail potential. With the loss of either drive, or the array info, and everything is lost.
3. I'm pretty sure you can't image back a non-RAID image onto a new RAID array. Everything needs to be installed from scratch once the RAID is in place.
4. I have 2 SSDs, a Kingston 128 (OS and applications) and a SanDisk 128 (working files). No RAID needed.
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January 21, 2014 12:36:50 PM

Brantyn Gerik said:
It is both according to multiple sites


RAID 1 (mirroring) can actually be slower. The system needs to write the same data to both drives.
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January 21, 2014 1:59:29 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Thats what I thought, so how do I clone my current ssd to hdd and reverse? Or would I not need to?

Is your SATA controller in RAID mode? If not, you should do that before cloning the SSD; once you create your RAID 0, there will be no way to boot in AHCI mode. Then check what tools Acronis or other vendors have to offer.
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January 21, 2014 2:02:28 PM

Beitzel15 said:
Thats what I thought, so how do I clone my current ssd to hdd and reverse? Or would I not need to?


You do not need. to. Simply add the new drive, and use it as the D drive.

I have 2 SSDs and 2 HDDs. All work together seamlessly. No RAID needed.
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January 21, 2014 2:54:43 PM

I have yet to find a utility that can successfully clone a chipset raid (Intel or AMD) and restore back to it and have it work.

Cloning a single drive windows install back to a raid array will only leave you doing a full reinstall.
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February 5, 2014 8:01:36 AM

ss202sl said:
There's not a lot of benefit to raid 2 ssd's.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,...

You'd be better off just adding the 2nd SSD as an application(or game) drive.


Hi. I noticed your answer to this thread and wanted to ask you a quick question. I have multiple drives on my computer as well. My main is an SSD and I also have two HDDs, but the SSD is running out of space and I want to add another SSD for more games. Is it as easy as just plugging it in? Is there anything else I need to do? I know how to install one hardware wise, but I just wanted to know if there is anything else I need to do. Thanks for your help.
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February 5, 2014 9:02:26 AM

Just plug it in. You may have to create a partition on it and format the partition (like you'd have to do to any drive). You'd end up with another drive letter for the new SSD. Just install new games there.
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February 5, 2014 9:28:13 AM

awesome. thanks
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