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Long Bios Boot Time With Intel RST (Need help badly)

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I have recently been going about upgrading my xps 8500, but have unfortunately come up with a problem with the Intel Software that is part of the bios. For reference, my current specs are:
i7-3770 non k
Radeon 7870 hawk
8gb hynix ram 2dimm cl 11 1600mhz
2x1tb hdd in raid 0
40gb corsair boot drive
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Ever since I have added the corsair 40gb drive as my boot drive, while keeping the 2x1tb hdd as raid 0 (were wiped when I installed windows), it now takes roughly 26 seconds to get past the intel rapid storage technology option rom screen, whereas before the install, it took only about 3 seconds when I had only the raid 0s on the computer. The bios is setup in uefi and the boot order has the windows boot manager at the top list. The dell bios that comes with the computer really only takes around 3 seconds to boot.

I know that was a explanation, but I tried to keep in short. Ultimately, the final question is does anyone know why and have a possible fix for the boot time taking an astoundingly long time when an ssd boot drive with two drives in raid 0 are present. Thank you for all the help and I am at wits end here.
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  1. The problem is your using RAID. Raid expects to combine all drives, that means if you added a 40GB SSD drive to a 1TB 7200 RPM drive in RAID, all drives would run as the slow as the HDD. You can't really combine a AHCI with RAID, you can only do RAID or AHCI, not both 'separately' in a system as RAID is both hardware and software solution.

    Never really use RAID unless your going to setup multiple fail over hot swappable drives, it really doesn't help otherwise and one good power failure or some weird corruption, and you lose the entire 'RAID' (all data) and is UNrecoverable as the RAID itself is broken.

    Your best solution would be to spring the $49 for a true 1TB or better yet $79 for a 2TB, move the data to it. I would never gone with a 40GB SSD, as Windows fully installed has a 20GB (64Bit) foot print and your impacting already your SSD performance (50%+ usage of a SSD impacts the SSD 'speed' performance), add Office Suite and now you maxed out your SSD (Win7+Office Suite =40GB footprint). It is best to use at least a 120GB as a bare minimum.
  2. So then how might I go about adding this sad as a cache device to the two existing HDDs (1tb each) to the computer. As a tangent this is my new plan but I thought that you had to enable raid to get this to work. Any ideas?
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    First to get a better read google Adding SSD tips and tricks. There are many articles because it isn't just 'plugging it in' that makes it work, there is alot on the 'software side' you need to do. Adding a SSD then becomes a extra task to you to constantly reset and remap programs (in their preferences or as you install them don't just 'click through' but you have to manage them all the time) to the second drive(s) so not to fill up the paltry SSD you have.

    Now, if you try and disable the RAID you will break the RAID and lose everything on the two exisiting HDDs (2 500Gbs). As that RAID was set as the Boot Disk, this also is a problem because you can only have ONE boot drive in Windows, and now you have 'two' with the SSD / RAIDed HDD.

    My suggestions would be as follows: Get a external HDD (1Tb like $69 at Walmart). Run Windows Easy Transfer to backup your current RAID drives. Buy (as I suggested) a 1TB or a 2TB drive to install in the PC with the SSD, and set in BIOS as AHCI. Install Windows to the SSD, then all updates and options except BING. Install and Use Slim Drivers to install all up to date drivers, then follow the SSD tips and tricks to remapping in the registry your My Documents, Program Files, etc. to the D drive (the 1TB you bought) so when you do the Windows Easy Transfer to 'restore' your data, it doesn't error out as there is only 20GB of space on the SSD to restore to, and it will instead restore to the internal SSD.

    As you can see this is a very complicated and very technically hands on change your implementing (and I have done this on my own system so I speak from experience).
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