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    Okay so i started on this forum with my i7 920 and with all the help from the community i got my i7 920 oc'd to 4.1ghz stable 24/7 use

    So my next project was to setup a Raid 0 array "Never done anything like this before" the most i have ever done involving hard drives was split a hard drive into partitions

    I kind of rushed into this whole raid 0 idea without researching alot hopefully it dont come back to bite me in the ass so i purchased

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb (ST3500418AS) x 2 $58 Each

    to run in raid 0

    First of are these hard drives good for raid 0 or should i have got something better for the money i spent ?

    i want to install my OS and games onto these and using my other 1tb Western digital i will store my music and all that other kind of stuff


    So where do i being with this raid 0 how do i set it up what tips or tricks or things do i need to be careful of etc any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Also will i be able to use the windows 7 back up utility to clone my c:\ (has os on it currently) and then load it onto the new raid 0 array without any issues ?

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    Yes, mobo's manual have a guide how to setup up RAID.

    It's better to use HDD imaging to clone it, just make sure the old HDD is smaller or equal partition with the new RAID setup or it won't work. If you are not confident enough to do all this then just do fresh install win7 then just restore the backup data.

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    As stated the Motherboard manual will explain all the steps to create the Raid Array. As Deton mentioned clone your C: drive and as long as it's partition size is equal to or smaller it can then be transfered to the new Raid array.

    Your using an ASUS board so it is fairly simple to do. Personally I would not clone the old drive I would do a clean instal on the raid array then image that for future use and backup.

    You will have to enter your bios main menu and then storage configuration, press enter I think then configure SATA as set it to Raid then save the bios and exit. While the machine is posting press Ctrl and I at the same time to enter the Intel matrix Storage manager. here is where you create the raid array. Once again the motherboard manual will have more info on this. Once completed and saved you will have to go back into the bios and set the new raid as the boot drive.

    This is all explained in the manual.

    Good luck!

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    Agreed.

    Mobo manual will tell you how to set up a RAID. Those disks should work fine. And the RAID will act as a single drive, your computer will see it as one volume, not two, so no worries about "2" disks. It will work as 1. Cloning to your RAID is better than backup/restore. There are some freeware/trial stuff out there, I use Acronis myself and never had any problems. Just boot to the Acronis CD and select target/destination, done

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    Hi guys well after reading through the manual i unplugged my current hd just to be safe i didnt wipe my backup stuff out. i setup the new raid 0 and partioned it as followed

    131GB : OS / Programs

    400GB : Games

    400GB : Games or other files



    Then set up my backed up drive which was 1TB partioned into

    500GB : Storage

    500GB : Music / Videos



    I also did a fresh install like suggested to be honest i dont really see that much of a improvement although i havent installed any games yet to see loading times i did notice when installing drivers etc that they loaded alot faster


    Everything seems to be working sweet i had a little bit of a issue when i first made the Raid 0 array windows 7 64 bit wouldnt let me install onto them after i partioned them figured it out i had to load my raid driver re make the partions take the motherboard cd out which had the raid drivers on it and put the windows 7 cd back in hit the refresh button then it let me install windows 7 to the raid array

    Also ill mention in the boot in bios i had a usb drive infront of my raid 0 array which caused the problem as well as a note for any other learners who may attempt this raid 0 configuration


    Last thing i would like to ask is the best program and easiest to use to make a simple clone of my c:\ as current which is 30gb in size


    Thanks in advanced guys best forum out there !

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    Used Acronis as suggested very fast and well made program made a bootable CD was very easy to use thanks for the help much appreciated

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    Quick question to be on the safe side if ive partioned my raid 0 array as followed :

    131GB
    400GB
    400GB

    Is it safe to format the both of the 400gb partions there is no data on them but should i format them before using them previous format of the 400gb partions was that Quick format option is it better to let the 400gb drives do the long format

    And my other concern was if the raid 0 array means 2 hard drives are connected together does that mean if i format the 400gb i can possibly lose data on the 131gb partion sorry if this is confusing but better to look like a idiot than to be sorry later on

    Thanks in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vitale87 View Post
    Quick question to be on the safe side if ive partioned my raid 0 array as followed :

    131GB
    400GB
    400GB

    Is it safe to format the both of the 400gb partions there is no data on them but should i format them before using them previous format of the 400gb partions was that Quick format option is it better to let the 400gb drives do the long format

    And my other concern was if the raid 0 array means 2 hard drives are connected together does that mean if i format the 400gb i can possibly lose data on the 131gb partion sorry if this is confusing but better to look like a idiot than to be sorry later on

    Thanks in advance
    You have a Raid Array setup using 2 physical drives. You have partitioned the array into 3 drives probably named C:, D: and E:.

    Logically the C: drive will be your boot drive. Formatting D: and E: will have no effect on your C: drive.

    These are new drives and if you inialized them already I believe that they are ready to go. I believe that when initializing or setting them up in DisK Management formatting is part of the process? Please correct me if I am wrong someone.

    You should be ready to go as far as I can see.

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    Ok sounds good just to mention yes you are right before you can use a partition it has to be formatted the issue i was intrested in was you have 2 options

    Quick Format "Take around 15 secs for a 400gb partition"

    Normal Format "Roughly 1 hour or so"

    Was just wondering if the quick format was a kind of dodgy job and may increase failure seeing Raid 0 is already a risky Task



    Im happy with how it is now i have backed up my windows 7 image and so forth and i am very thankful for all the help and support provided by the PureOC community once again


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    Excellent Query on Raid, i'm a total noob to Raid myself.
    sorry if this is mentioned somewhere i missed, but why need an imaging software since the C: has already been partitioned away from the data and games drive D: and E:

    If the C: gets corrupted and needs action, wont a reformat be better?
    the other 2 partition drive on the Raid array wont get affected :confused:

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    Bully; drive imaging is not backup or restore utility. It works like a miror image of the drives, it's similar like you make DVD ISO disc. It will copy all files, data, drive partitions...etc., I mean everything.

    So when you transfer it to another new drive then it's ready to go, it's also quicker to restore all the files in the image file format. Because it's a one big giant file instead of multiple files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullydog View Post
    Excellent Query on Raid, i'm a total noob to Raid myself.
    sorry if this is mentioned somewhere i missed, but why need an imaging software since the C: has already been partitioned away from the data and games drive D: and E:

    If the C: gets corrupted and needs action, wont a reformat be better?
    the other 2 partition drive on the Raid array wont get affected :confused:

    Also if you do a fresh install if your C: gets corrupted and your games / programs are on seperate partitions you will have alot of headaches getting them to run because all of the Registry keys are stored on C:

    So you would have to manually go through for every game/program and re-write the exact registry key to get them to work properly some may work but then example if you need to update a game and the update needs the registry key to find the game it wont Detect the game saying it is not installed etc

    Thats why if you go to this link Guide: Never reinstall your games, ever again!!!

    "Thanks to Shattered.likeness"


    He explains how to install games and Possibly programs to other partitions and how to fix the Registry keys so if you do wanna do a fresh install your registry for your games / programs will not be effect

    Hope this helps and makes sense

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