I am going to begin a new build on thursday with a P8Z77-V Pro and 2 Intel 330 180GB SSD ideally in a RAID 0 set up. I would like to do this with TRIM enabled, on the SATA3 Intel controller and Mirrored to 1 of 2 Seagate Baracua 2TB HDD's in one of the SATA2 ports on the same Intel controller. I have read that TRIM is available with my chipset and this version of the driver. The RAID 1 Mirroringof the RAID array is of least importance.
I have never done this with SSDs or any RAID in probably 10 years. I downloaded all the drivers from ASUS the Rapid Storage drivers and the Intel Smart Connect Technology Software/Utility, all latest version and verified compatible with my board.
What is confusing me is it says I need to install the intel utility and drivers etc before installing the latest Intel Rapid Storage RAID drivers. How do I achieve this before installing my OS? Maybe I am reading the READ ME incorrectly.
If possible could someone break down a step-by-step instruction list on exactly what needs to be done once the PC is assembled? I was assuming I would finish the build. Boot Windows 7 Pro and when prompted install the RAID drivers via USB drive. I am weary of doing this because of the required Drive utility or whatever it calls for and because I am new to SSDs in general. I would really appreciate the help.
Also, if someone could tell me what else I should install before my first OS boot with the RAID driver etc, I would really appreciate it. Thanks you.
I'm sorry if this has been asked here before. I am not familiar with these boards and had an embarrassingly difficult time navigating around. I was almost unable to start a discussion until I realized I had to come to a sub-forum, not just the support comm area...
I'm using the same Mb as you did and the step to enable the raid is just like Reealbeast said except for the last part which is no need to press F6 . U can install normal windows after u have done creating the raid part. The rest just install the drivers upon completing windows. This step is for windows 7 installation but if u are planning to instal windows XP then u need to press the F6 button. And abit of advice make sure u download all the latest driver MB from Asus website before setup your new pc as the new driver and also the new bios will make your MB much more stable .
Other software for cloning works fine too like EaseUS Todo or Acronis True Image. I eject it after the clone using hotswap and then store the drive in an anti-static bag. Of course you can accomplish the same thing with an external dock, but the IcyDock is nice because it uses your motherboard sata connectors. I don't like the drive left in the computer in case something bad takes down the whole rig.