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SSD/HDD configuration

Last response: in Storage
June 1, 2012 6:53:41 PM

First build with SSD

MB: ASUS p9x79 Pro

SSD: Samsung 830 512 GB (Boot Drive)

Spinners: 3X2tb 7200

2 opticals (BD ROM & DVD combo writer)

Will go with Intel SATA III controller AHCI for SSD

Would like to raid 1 two of the spinners for security with 3rd as mass storage OR raid 5 all 3. - Raid 5 preferred

If AHCI the Intel Sata III for SSD - only leaves the Marvel SATA III for the spinners and does not support Raid 5.

Is it possible to to use the Intel SATA II for the Raid 5 configuration and dump the opticals to the Marvel Controller?

Any configuration help is greatly appreciated

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a c 531 G Storage
June 1, 2012 8:30:04 PM

Connect your SSD to one of the Intel 6Gb/s ports (SATA6G_1 or SATA6G_2).
Connect the 3 HDDs to the Intel 3Gb/s ports (SATA3G_3 thru SATA3G_5).
Connect your 2 ODDs to the Marvell ports.

Set all of your Intel ports to RAID mode. Any drive that is not part of a RAID array will automatically default to AHCI mode.

If you have any problems with the ODDs on the Marvell ports change the SATA mode on the Marvell ports to IDE mode.

Install Windows on the SSD in RAID mode with only the SSD and the ODD with the Windows installation disk connected. Let Windows install its own default RAID drivers.

After Windows installation is complete you can then attach your remaining drives, create your RAID array, download and install Intel’s latest RAID drivers.

June 1, 2012 8:46:10 PM

Best answer selected by Frostr0.
June 1, 2012 8:49:09 PM

Sounds rational to me. Thank you for the help!