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SSD + 2x 750 GB Raid 0 installation on new MOBO

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March 17, 2012 5:17:07 PM

Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

I own a 128 Crucial M4 SSD and 2x 750 WD Cavier Black 6 Gb/s and a DVD-RW drive.

I'm wondering what is optimal installation for this config is. SSD is used for OS and a few APPS. While the Raid 0 is going to be used for FRAP's video capture and small storage.

In order Closest to furthest away from CPU:

Marvell Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7ping SATA 6G_E1/E2 [navy blue])

Intel Z688 Serial ATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (7pin SATA 6G_1/2 [gray])

Intel Z688 Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (7pin SATA 3G_3-6 [blue])

Where do I plug my SSD and 2xRaid0 ... as well as my DVD drive. Thanks.
a c 265 G Storage
March 17, 2012 5:23:51 PM

Put the SSD on the Intel 6Gb ports and use it for OS and apps as planned. The raid array on the marvell ports! DVD on any of the left over ports! Make sure everything is set on ACHI mode.
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March 17, 2012 8:59:27 PM

Wouldn't I want to set it in RAID mode before? Fresh Windows 7 install.
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a c 265 G Storage
March 17, 2012 11:58:56 PM

Either way install the OS and then add the drives in Raid or build the array first!
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a c 300 G Storage
March 19, 2012 5:39:30 PM

Please be aware that RAID0 is much more likely to lose data than a single drive or any other RAID configuration. Do frequent backups if these files are important to you.
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