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March 7, 2013 10:25:40 PM

Hi, so I just installed my fancy new SSDs in my fancy new computer, and now I'm totally unsure that I did it right. I've read a bunch of articles, and I've read and done a bunch of tweaks, but I'm still fuzzy on whether or not I actually did it right.

I've set up my system with two 128gig Samsung 840 Pro SSDs. They are set up in a raid 0 configuration. So the first question that I remain fuzzy on is the whole RAID versus AHCI thing. When I installed the drives I set the SATA mode in the BIOS to RAID, because I wanted a raid array! Then the Samsung Magician app that came with the drives yells at me for using RAID mode and disables all its features! It won't even recognize the drives as being Samsung drives. So this kinda confuses me and I'd really like it if someone came along and said it's ok to run the drives in RAID mode. The Intel RST software says everything is running properly though, so...

This also goes to say that I have no idea if the drives are running at their full potential cause I have nothing to compare them against really. The Windows experience index on the drives is 7.9, which is... good? I hope. I've also run CystalDiskMark, which is posted below, but (again) there's not much to compare against so I have no clue what the numbers mean.

  1. -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. CrystalDiskMark 3.0.2 x64 (C) 2007-2013 hiyohiyo
  3. Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
  4. -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  5. * MB/s = 1,000,000 byte/s [SATA/300 = 300,000,000 byte/s]
  6.  
  7. Sequential Read : 1024.000 MB/s
  8. Sequential Write : 740.415 MB/s
  9. Random Read 512KB : 723.156 MB/s
  10. Random Write 512KB : 193.988 MB/s
  11. Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 34.429 MB/s [ 8405.6 IOPS]
  12. Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 61.573 MB/s [ 15032.5 IOPS]
  13. Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 569.624 MB/s [139068.4 IOPS]
  14. Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 442.045 MB/s [107921.1 IOPS]
  15.  
  16. Test : 1000 MB [C: 45.3% (107.9/238.4 GB)] (x5)
  17. Date : 2013/03/03 18:30:24
  18. OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)


Here's the CrystalDiskInfo:

  1. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  2. CrystalDiskInfo 5.4.2 (C) 2008-2013 hiyohiyo
  3. Crystal Dew World : http://crystalmark.info/
  4. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5.  
  6. OS : Windows 7 Home Premium Edition SP1 [6.1 Build 7601] (x64)
  7. Date : 2013/03/07 17:50:54
  8.  
  9. -- Controller Map ----------------------------------------------------------
  10. + Intel(R) Desktop/Workstation/Server Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller [SCSI]
  11. - HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H62N SCSI CdRom Device
  12. - ATA WDC WD5000AAKS-0 SCSI Disk Device
  13. - Intel Gordo SCSI Disk Device
  14.  
  15. -- Disk List ---------------------------------------------------------------
  16. (1) Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series : 128.0 GB [X/0/0, cs] - sg
  17. (2) Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series : 128.0 GB [X/0/1, cs] - sg
  18. (3) WDC WD5000AAKS-00D2B0 : 500.1 GB [0/X/X, pd1] - wd
  19.  
  20. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  21. (1) Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
  22. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  23. Model : Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series
  24. Firmware : DXM03B0Q
  25. Serial Number : S12PNEACB19038P
  26. Disk Size : 128.0 GB (8.4/128.0/128.0)
  27. Buffer Size : Unknown
  28. Queue Depth : 32
  29. # of Sectors : 250069680
  30. Rotation Rate : ---- (SSD)
  31. Interface : Serial ATA
  32. Major Version : ACS-2
  33. Minor Version : ATA8-ACS version 4c
  34. Transfer Mode : SATA/600
  35. Power On Hours : 148 hours
  36. Power On Count : 25 count
  37. Host Writes : 152 GB
  38. Wear Level Count : 1
  39. Temparature : 22 C (71 F)
  40. Health Status : Good (100 %)
  41. Features : S.M.A.R.T., 48bit LBA, NCQ, TRIM
  42. APM Level : ----
  43. AAM Level : ----
  44.  
  45. -- S.M.A.R.T. --------------------------------------------------------------
  46. ID Cur Wor Thr RawValues(6) Attribute Name
  47. 05 100 100 _10 000000000000 Reallocated Sector Count
  48. 09 _99 _99 __0 000000000094 Power-on Hours
  49. 0C _99 _99 __0 000000000019 Power-on Count
  50. B1 _99 _99 __0 000000000001 Wear Leveling Count
  51. B3 100 100 _10 000000000000 Used Reserved Block Count (Total)
  52. B5 100 100 _10 000000000000 Program Fail Count (Total)
  53. B6 100 100 _10 000000000000 Erase Fail Count (Total)
  54. B7 100 100 _10 000000000000 Runtime Bad Block (Total)
  55. BB 100 100 __0 000000000000 Uncorrectable Error Count
  56. BE _78 _60 __0 000000000016 Airflow Temperature
  57. C3 200 200 __0 000000000000 ECC Error Rate
  58. C7 100 100 __0 000000000000 CRC Error Count
  59. EB _99 _99 __0 00000000000D POR Recovery Count
  60. F1 _99 _99 __0 0000130C598F Total LBA Written


So is everything working properly? Did I do it right? Do I get a bone?

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March 7, 2013 11:27:20 PM

SATA ports can have 3 settings (modes): IDE, AHCI, & RAID.
HDDs can use IDE mode or AHCI mode.
SSDs need to be in AHCI mode.
If you are creating a RAID array then the drives in the array (HDD or SSD) have to be in RAID mode.

When you create a RAID array your O/S and your Magician software don't see the individual drives in the array; they just see one logical drive (C: drive or D: drive for example). That's why some features of the software cannot be run.

7.9 is the highest score you can achieve in WEI on Windows 7. In Windows 8 the highest WEI score you can achieve is 9.9.

Your CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read scores are 96.6% of advertised Reads, and your Sequential Write scores are 94.9% of advertised Writes.

Your drives are in great condition. Enjoy! :) 
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March 8, 2013 2:39:18 AM

Dereck47 said:
SATA ports can have 3 settings (modes): IDE, AHCI, & RAID.
HDDs can use IDE mode or AHCI mode.
SSDs need to be in AHCI mode.
If you are creating a RAID array then the drives in the array (HDD or SSD) have to be in RAID mode.

When you create a RAID array your O/S and your Magician software don't see the individual drives in the array; they just see one logical drive (C: drive or D: drive for example). That's why some features of the software cannot be run.

7.9 is the highest score you can achieve in WEI on Windows 7. In Windows 8 the highest WEI score you can achieve is 9.9.

Your CrystalDiskMark Sequential Read scores are 96.6% of advertised Reads, and your Sequential Write scores are 94.9% of advertised Writes.

Your drives are in great condition. Enjoy! :) 


Thanks! That's what I was looking for!
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March 8, 2013 2:39:37 AM

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