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Need help with setting up SSD boot and 2 HDD in RAID 0

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September 15, 2011 12:29:48 AM

I am building my first system and am a bit inexperienced with the process specifically with setting up RAID volumes.

Here is what I have:

- i7 2600k
- Crucial M4 128 GB SSD with Windows 7 Pro
- ASRock Extreme 4 Z68 MoBo
- 2 SATA 3 WD Black 1 TB drives I just purchased (not yet installed)

The system is up and running currently with the single SSD

What I would like to do:

- Set up both WD drives in RAID 0 using SSD as the boot drive
- Use All 3 drives on SATA 3 connectors if possible (the board has 4 SATA 3 connectors but 2 are Marvell)
- If the above is not possible, what is best coinfiguration (SSD on SATA II, HDDs on SATA 3 or vice versa)

I have other questions as well but would like to know if this is possible before I get too carried away. I tried searching for other posts but couldn't find anything similar to my situation. Thanks for any info and help in advance.
a b G Storage
September 15, 2011 12:42:24 AM

what you want to do is possible. As a matter of fact, many users use a similar configuration.
a b G Storage
September 15, 2011 12:08:42 PM

WD Black drives will not run reliably in any form of Raid setup.

http://community.wdc.com/t5/Desktop/WD-Black-drives-in-...

That was just the first post that came up from googling, but there is loads of info on this problem. I bought 3 of them a few years ago when they would actually run in a raid setup, then one died and the replacement would not work in a raid setup so I got stuck with 2 that would raid and 1 that wouldn't. Basically I won't buy WD drives again.
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