i just built a p8z68 progen3 with a 64gb crucial ssd and a 700gb hdd. set the controller to raid but did not turn on the RST. it works fine. but when i turn on the RST it works normal; but when restarting it wont load windows it asks for boot disc. iv updated all mother board drivers with no change. everytime this happens i have to start over with bios and reload windows. im running out of ideas
I'm not trying to be critical of your efforts but if you want to set up a raid with a SSD and a regular hdd then you are wasting the benefit of having a SSD because the raid will run at the slower of the two's speed. You would be better off having the OS on the SSD and the hdd for stiorage , then you would get the speed advantage of the SSD. I don't know much about software raid but iof you want to set uo a raid then do it in the raid bios , that way it will boot like that but again if you want to set up a raid then get either two SSD's or two hdd's.
I have always thought that the best size of a SSDA for the boot drive is a 240gb , the problem with that is that the price is kind of high for that size and a lot of people can't aford it or don't want to pay that much for one. But depending on what you want to spend a SSD between 120gb and 240gb would be ok and the higher the better. A 160gb or 180gb would be fine also. You are limited to the amount of write times with a SSD but most people don't realize that you won't get to that limit because it would take you about 20 years to reach that limit.
I have a 180gb SSD for my boot drive.