Ok so here's what I have: 2 30gb vertexes and 2 640gb caviar blacks. I would like to have the ssds as raid 0 boot drive and the 640gb's in raid 1 for media storage. Here is where the problem comes in. With my mobo, asus p7p55d - (regular, not pro, not evo, not e), it has a weird chipset issue for raid where it only allows (apparently: newegg reviews) to have an all or nothing raid function. Meaning all drives that are connected to the one chipset have to be on the same raid. There is one port i believe that has a seperate chipset, jmicron, that i can fit the other caviar on. But what to do with the other guy? Also, i would like confirmation about this mobo and this issue.
I have been planning to maybe buy a pci-e card with 1 sata port and do a software based raid 1, with windows 7 enterprise (ultimate, and yes i already have it). Or should i just buy a pci-e card with raid 1 on it and put both the caviars on there? Any other suggestions would be great. I really need help here, otherwise i have to send back the mobo to newegg and get a new one!
Is there any super secret raid 1-0-1 or some crazy stuff that is basically what i am looking for? would be awesome...
With my mobo, asus p7p55d - (regular, not pro, not evo, not e), it has a weird chipset issue for raid where it only allows (apparently: newegg reviews) to have an all or nothing raid function.
This statement is incorrect for an ICHxR. Even an old P5W DH Deluxe doesn't have such an issue. All ports will be in RAID mode, but that doesn't mean that all devices have to be RAID members. I strongly recommend that you configure the controller in RAID mode before installing the OS.
There is no need for trim for me, i am only using the ssd's for a few programs and just the os (win7). Even if that brought me down to 30gb i could still fit the os and 3 of the prgms that i use. Addict, thank you for verifying this for me. My plan now is to set up raid 0 for the ssd's and then leave the hdds in (normal?) mode. After i set this up, i will install the OS. AFter that i will use the OS w7 to create a mirrored partition on the 2 hdds that holds all other information. I will not be using the jmicron port at all.