Hello everyone... after a 2 month rebuild including a full custom water cooling project and a few other pieces added I am in a bit of a stir. I really want someone to help find the answer cause I am TIRED... lol
I had already SSD and a 1TB backup/steam drive
I now have SSD for boot, 1TB backup (still steam drive), 2x 1TB 1Platter 64mb Seagates that I want to put into RAID 0 for my steam drive...
Currently everything is AHCI
Motherboard is a Crosshair Formula V
Tell me how I go about this without having to loose or redo boot drive...
If you simply switch to RAID it'll turn AHCI off for all drives that are on the same controller (in case your mobo has 2 controllers for harddrivers). This will cause windows 7 to be unable to boot-up, but you just have to changed 1 thing in the registry before you do it:
It'll turn AHCI off in windows 7 and you'll be able to boot up just fine
Another alternative is to keep AHCI on as it generally gives better performance for your SSD and software raid your 2 drivers using intel rapid storage manager.
Edit: also why do you want to raid0 2 harddrivers? The only thing that will change is that you'll have slightly higher read/write speeds. Other than that, programs won't load faster (since access time is high on harddrives), and if one drive dies you lose all your data from both drives. I recommend you just keep them separate and install files on both of them without any RAID.
The OP states that the drives are already in AHCI mode. So how does going to RAID mode turn it off?
Because its a choice in bios if you want to perform a hardware raid. You can choose between RAID, IDE (if your mobo has a IDE port), and AHCI in bios generally, so if you choice one the others are not available to you. This is how most controllers work 1 or the other
I seem to recall differently when I installed 2 drives in my desktop to put them in RAID 1 for long term storage. I had it original set to AHCI and couldn't boot up anymore after I had raided the drives. Maybe its dependent on chipset, I was doing this with a p55 mobo.