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April 28, 2014 7:21:18 AM

Hello!

I recently discovered that i can make a RAID 0 array in the Disk Manager of Windows, as opposed to the BIOS.
I saw this as a benefit, as my OS was already installed, and to enable RAID in the BIOS (the easiest way) seemed to require an OS reinstall.
So i did this with two 120 SSDs.

Am i right to expect the same performance out of this method the same as a BIOS RAID configuration?

Thanks as always!
April 28, 2014 7:24:14 AM

tell to us how you do that :) 
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April 28, 2014 7:40:38 AM

Amdlova said:
tell to us how you do that :) 


Sure!

Open Disk Management in Windows.
If you have at least 2 storage drives that do not have a partition and are not formatted, then when you right click on one of the storage drives, one of the options is "Make New Striped Volume".
After that, you can select a second raw volume.
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April 28, 2014 9:23:24 AM

wait, so you're saying that you can simply raid your ssd in windows without reinstalling the os? i thought you cant boot from dynamic drives?
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April 28, 2014 10:29:16 AM

It is not my boot drive.
It is strictly for my games to be installed to.
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April 28, 2014 10:39:20 AM

ah i see. i use both software and bios raid. first i raid my two 2 TB in bios, then i use windows raid to raid 0 it with a 3 TB hard disk. the read/write speed doesn't increase much.
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April 28, 2014 10:56:27 AM

teh camper said:
ah i see. i use both software and bios raid. first i raid my two 2 TB in bios, then i use windows raid to raid 0 it with a 3 TB hard disk. the read/write speed doesn't increase much.


Doesn't increase much, as in the BIOS RAID doesn't increase it by much?
Or the speed of the RAID all together doesn't increase much?
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April 28, 2014 11:04:59 AM

TomTom111 said:
teh camper said:
ah i see. i use both software and bios raid. first i raid my two 2 TB in bios, then i use windows raid to raid 0 it with a 3 TB hard disk. the read/write speed doesn't increase much.


Doesn't increase much, as in the BIOS RAID doesn't increase it by much?
Or the speed of the RAID all together doesn't increase much?


the performance increase from windows raid doesn't increase as much as i would expect from a 3 hard disk in raid 0.
lets say with one hdd i get 150 MBps read/write speed.
with two hard disk in (bios) raid 0 i got 280 MBps.
add another hard disk using windows raid i get like 310 MBps.
i'll retest it later, but that was what i got using crystaldiskmark a few days ago
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April 28, 2014 11:11:35 AM

If you use the intel PC, you can setup the raid in the windows too.

Connect the drives, boot the PC, install the intel RST, open the software, then after a couple of clicks, you are done. Here is the link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-dc-s3500-raid-p...
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April 28, 2014 11:29:40 AM

cin19 said:
If you use the intel PC, you can setup the raid in the windows too.

Connect the drives, boot the PC, install the intel RST, open the software, then after a couple of clicks, you are done. Here is the link http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-dc-s3500-raid-p...


I currently have an AMD machine.
Do you think Intel would still work with my AMD set-up?
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April 28, 2014 11:32:06 AM

NO.
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