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Hi there,
I'm new to forums so please bare with me,

I've recently bought 2 250Gb Samsung EVO SSDs and want to RAID 0 them, then transfer my OS (and a few games) to them and keep my current 1Tb Seagate Barracuda HDD for the storage. I have fit them into my computer fine and (still running in IDE mode and booting from the HDD) they show in the Samsung software so I know the computer can see them.

I then put my BIOS into RAID mode and set up the raid 0 for the SSDs no problem, still booting from the HDD. I was told from a friend this would be fine as would be able to use the Samsung software to then transfer everything I wanted no problem then set to boot from the SSD.

However, this is where the problem started, windows started to load but went straight to the system restore and trouble shoot menu. I reset and let it try and sort itself out a few times before thinking something wasn't right. I was then worried about the integrity of my OS and all files on my HDD so unplugged the SSDs, deleted the RAID setup and changed it back to IDE in the BIOS. All worked perfectly so the HDD is fine.

Clearly I am doing something fundamentally wrong and haven't set something to the right option or what my friend told me is wrong and I may possibly need to do a clean install (which would be a real pain in the neck).

Any help on this would be really appreciated, I am new to RAID and SSDs so I am hoping there is something simple I am not doing to sort this problem out. System specs are below.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Liv

Windows 8.1pro x64
Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz
Asus P8P67pro
16GB Corsair Vengence
Asus Nvidia GTX 780
1 x Seagate Barracuda 1Tb
2 x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Corsair AX860i
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  1. Is your HDD set to IDE mode in BIOS usually? If so it's likely the AHCI drivers are not installed in windows.

    Try this

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

    If windows was not installed with AHCI or RAID enabled in the BIOS if you turn it on it will fall over.
  2. Sorry that link was for Win7, just noticed you are on Win8... Not sure if that is still an issue... I'll ask Dr Google.
  3. Best answer
    livinthehead said:
    Hi there,
    I'm new to forums so please bare with me,

    I've recently bought 2 250Gb Samsung EVO SSDs and want to RAID 0 them, then transfer my OS (and a few games) to them and keep my current 1Tb Seagate Barracuda HDD for the storage. I have fit them into my computer fine and (still running in IDE mode and booting from the HDD) they show in the Samsung software so I know the computer can see them.

    I then put my BIOS into RAID mode and set up the raid 0 for the SSDs no problem, still booting from the HDD. I was told from a friend this would be fine as would be able to use the Samsung software to then transfer everything I wanted no problem then set to boot from the SSD.

    However, this is where the problem started, windows started to load but went straight to the system restore and trouble shoot menu. I reset and let it try and sort itself out a few times before thinking something wasn't right. I was then worried about the integrity of my OS and all files on my HDD so unplugged the SSDs, deleted the RAID setup and changed it back to IDE in the BIOS. All worked perfectly so the HDD is fine.

    Clearly I am doing something fundamentally wrong and haven't set something to the right option or what my friend told me is wrong and I may possibly need to do a clean install (which would be a real pain in the neck).

    Any help on this would be really appreciated, I am new to RAID and SSDs so I am hoping there is something simple I am not doing to sort this problem out. System specs are below.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Liv

    Windows 8.1pro x64
    Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz
    Asus P8P67pro
    16GB Corsair Vengence
    Asus Nvidia GTX 780
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 1Tb
    2 x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
    Corsair AX860i


    You should start
    1) Download and install the intel RST driver, https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=23496&ProdId=2101&lang=eng&OSVersion=%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09&DownloadType=
    2) Connect the two SSDs, boot the PC. Press the "windows" and the "R" key to enter the run dialog box, type " msconfig " and press OK, under the "Boot" tab, select the " safe boot", press "apply" and "OK". Restart the PC.
    3) In the safe mode, press the "windows" and the "R" key, in the run dialog box, type " regedit ", go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iaStorA
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\iastorV
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\storahci
    click the iastora, in the right panel you will see the " start" , right-click the "start", go to " modify ", change the value data from "3" or "1" to "0" ( 3- ide, 0-raid/ahci) press OK. Repeat the step for iastorv and storahci. Closed the registry window.
    4) Repeat the step #2, but you need change back to boot the PC in normal mode, just unmark the "safe boot". Reboot the pc, you may or may not need to run the windows update. If the it say need update just update.
    5) During the boot and enter the BIOS to make sure the storage mode is the RAID mode, exit the BIOS, press the "ctrl" + "I" to set up the raid for the two SSD.
    6) Boot into the windows and use the Samsung software to clone the OS.
    7) After done the cloning, reboot. During the boot, enter the BIOS to change the boot order to the SSD Raid0.
    Now you should be able to boot from the raid ssd. Let me know if you have problem.
  4. Why do you want to RAID the 2 SSD's?

    Before you go down that path, read this:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html
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