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Need help to connect SSD & RAID-0 drives to EVGA X58 motherboard

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July 6, 2010 10:39:21 PM

Hi Everybody,

Recently got a new EVGA x58 motherboard. It has numerous number of SATA ports and controllers. I need to connect a 80GB Intel x25 SSD drive and 2x 320Gb WD drives under RAID 0.

Please help to choose which ports to use to connect these drives to get the maximum performance. What is the difference between the chipset, JMB362 and JMB363 controllers?

Thank you,
Ruben

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a b V Motherboard
July 6, 2010 11:34:09 PM
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Use the Intel ICH10R onboard controllers, the regular (6-white?) SATA ports. Stay away from JMicron.

But I think one of the JMicron controllers is for IDE drives, like an optical drive. These are ok! The other one may be for the SATA III 6.0Gbps ports, which are unneeded in your case! Use the drivers for these provided in Windows 7, they'll auto install. In my case, when I update/install the JMicron drivers, I loose the DVD drive connected to one of them.

Install the SSD to port 0 or 1 (the first one), and the RAID drive to the next 2.

Set SATA in BIOS to RAID, boot up, into RAID setup, and choose the drives for the RAID array. Not all drives have to be in an array!

Download the latest Intel chipset drivers 9.6, and install them during Windows install. This will enable TRIM support for your SSD. Yes, your SSD is in RAID, but not part of an array, so TRIM WILL work!
July 6, 2010 11:55:03 PM

foscooter, thanks for quick reply.

Will follow your suggestion. I also noticed that some guys create separate partition for pagefile. Does it make any difference? Also thinking about splitting the pagefile into two parts and keep first on the SSD drive and the second on the RAID array. What you think?

I have another question which is kind of out of topic. I already have the RAID array from my previous system (DELL XPS 420). Can I move the existing array to the new motherboard without loosing the information? How should I do that?
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a b V Motherboard
July 7, 2010 1:08:53 AM

GR8 to help!

1-Pagefile, IMHO leave it on the SSD. How much RAM do you have? More than 4GB, the pagefle will (pratically) never be used, and you could turn it off. But since you would want quick access to this file, leave it on the SSD. But I did move mine to my HDD RAID 0 array, there for the use, but never does get used. Thus, I wouldn't bother with it's own partion. It won't get used, and doens't take up that much space (2xRAM) I like to K.I.S.S. (Keep It SImple, Stupid).

2-RAID Migration. NOPE! Sorry! Can't do it. The RAID controllers determine what went where, and are mostly incompatible between arrays, much less systems/computers. Save your stuff on another drive (i.e backup drive), and transfer the drives to the new system and set it all up as if it was brand new. Then copy your stuff back to the RAID array, afer OS install.

July 7, 2010 1:50:27 AM

I have 6GBs of RAM, and planning to use this PC heavily for Gaming and Image Processing. Hope that leaving the 2GB page file on the SSD will not kill it.

Then will just backup the data :( 

Thank you!
July 7, 2010 9:00:40 PM

Installed drives as you suggested. Something weird happened when I changed the sata mode to RAID (it was IDE initially and i already had the OS installed on on the SSD). The windows 7 does not boot anymore. Was getting BSOD in the middle of os loading. So i had to reinstall the OS on the same drive with RAID enable on the controller.

A good new is that once i plugged in my old RAID-ed HDDs the BIOS immediately recognizes the array and I didn't have to recreate and restore my data.

I have installed intel INF update drivers. How can i make sure that the TRIM function is enabled?
July 7, 2010 9:04:42 PM

Best answer selected by rubenhak.
a b V Motherboard
July 8, 2010 2:19:42 AM

Yeah, I should have told you that. Changed BIOS from IDE to ACHI or RAID will "kill" the OS.

You should have set is to RAID before the OS install, with or without the array in or on.

There is a command line code to check if TRIM is working. But I can't remember it. Let me look...

From this website - Windows Seven Forums; Windows 7 - SSD Support is Native to W7:


Quote:
... From the get-go, Windows 7 will take advantage of a SSD/TRIM-enabled drive and configure it for you. While I personally disable the pagefile entirely, those who still use it will benefit significantly by keeping it on your SSD.

To determine if your SSD supports TRIM, open a console as Admin;

Code:

fsutil behavior query DisableDeleteNotify

If the console returns a '0', your drive supports TRIM and it is ENABLED.

If it returns '1', the file system has disabled TRIM for your drive. This means your drive's controller does not support TRIM.


To do this: start/all programs/accessories/command prompt/right click/choose run as administrator.

This opens a DOS window, and type in the code in bold above. It works, mine came back as '0', even though I'm is RAID 0.
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