Hello, I have a question. While i am a techie, i am not enough of one to answer this. Is it possible to install my OS on my SSD, and then RAID a partition of my traditional drive together to create a backup so i will not have to worry about the SSD failing a week or 2 into buying it? Will this defeat the purpose of using a SSD? Will i need something specific on any motherboard i buy besides RAID support? Any information will help, thanks.
You can use backup software to synch the drives.
for example install windows and all u want on ssd, then clone it to same size partition on other reg HDD, then set it to update maybe once a day or auto,
this way you get speed of ssd+complete backup, even if ssd fails u can simply boot from other drive and have all your stuff.
I'm running something like this and am very pleased with the results. I'm using a Vertex2 60gb as my boot drive, and then a pair of 2TB drives in RAID 1 as my primary storage drive. I set up windows 7's backup feature to back the system drive up once a week to the 2TB mirrored array. Performance is good all around, the 2TB drives these days easily push 100MB/s transfer rates and I still trust their reliability better than any SSDs being made now.
Actually, I re-read what you were originally asking and yeah as duxducis said that's probably not a great way to go. Use the SSD as a standalone boot and use HDD's in a RAID 1 array for big storage.