I'm new to actually posting in the forums, and I don't know what information is necessary to answer my question, so I'm just going to be thorough -
about 6 months ago, I built a PC with a 120 gig SSD and a terabyte hard drive. the SSD has 64 bit windows 8.1 installed to it, and both drives have data stored on them.
I recently bought another SSD with hope to use both SSDs in RAID 0, however after about an hour of googling, after visiting a variety of sites, I have found nothing that I can really understand or trust to do what I want.
I have a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 revision 3.0 motherboard, with an AMD FX-8350 processor. Gigabyte says the motherboard is raid compatible, so I would imagine it's possible to get it working.
So if it is possible, could someone walk me through raid 0-ing the SSDs together? and if possible, could I do so without erasing any data existing on my drives? I don't mind losing anything if it's absolutely necessary, but I would rather not go through the hassle of reinstalling everything.
The only way you wouldn't lose data is if you make a clone of the current SSD and then push it onto the raid.
To setup a raid 0 you have install both drives on one controller. Then when the system is booting up and you see the ctrl + key command come up hit that and you can setup a raid in the onboard controller.
You have 2 controllers so you need to figure out which one is faster and use that one. My motherboard has 2 controllers like this and one is much faster than the other.
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0~SATA3_5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID5, RAID 10 and JBOD
2 x Marvell 88SE9172 chips:
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s connectors on the back panel supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
In normal use, you gain little if any performance benefit from SSD RAID0.
Hmm, the real world scenarios seem like a measly improvement, especially considering the amount of effort that would be needed to get it set up. I think I might just use it as an application drive.
ninja edit - thanks for all the info everyone, I was surprised how quick it all came in. All in all I think I've been discouraged from the idea of raiding for now, especially since in my situation it's pretty much impossible to do without wiping the data from one of my drives. As I said above, I'm just gonna store applications on it.
My speeds in a raid 0 went from 540MB/s with one drive and 1100MB/s with 2 SSD's in a raid 0. There really wasn't much benefit and if you want to clone backup your SSD's that are in the raid 0 you will have issues finding software that will work right without having an actual raid card.
It was very nice playing Skyrim with the raid 0 setup because when you go from inside to outside it takes less than 1/2 second to load. The screen doesn't even go blank before it has you in the new area.