So, here's the situation. I just built my new PC, and I have a 64GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. I set them both up AHCI and installed my OS to the SSD, along with all my most commonly used programs. The HDD was going to be for media storage. But it seems that the HDD I purchased is a dud, so I have to return it.
Now my question is this:
If in place of the 1TB HDD, I buy 2 500GB HDD, will I be able to set those up in a RAID 1 array without having to reformat the SSD? I would like the comfort of knowing that my media is always backed up.
If such a set up is possible, what's the best way to go about doing it? Can I just go into the BIOS and change from AHCI to RAID, or will that affect my SSD? Is there a way to do this from within Windows 7, or some software that will aide me?
You should be able to setup Raid 1 without any issues. Most likely you would just need to enable raid, then switch to the raid controller during bootup (there is a usually a key combo like Alt+G) or something like that, then create the array from within the Raid controller bios. Just make sure you are selecting the correct drives when creating the array.
The specifics all depend on the mb/raid controller you have.
Is RAID1 slower than a standard AHCI configuration? I understand that, by its nature, it is slower than RAID0, but will I see performance differences in setting up a RAID1 versus having just the stand alone drives that I back up manually?
RAID 1 installation should go smoothly! (Famous last words - )
Your motherboard manual will explain how to get into the RAID BIOS during start-up. Once you are in, make absolutely sure that you pick the correct disks for the RAID setup (I made an error the first time around).
RAID is normally setup after installation of the OS.