I have assembled a new PC with an ASUS Sabertooth Z77 mobo, Kingston 16 GB (2x8) DDR3 1600 MHz RAM, Intel Core i7 3770 CPU, two Intel 330 180GB SSDs, one Intel 520 60GB SSD, one HDD Hitachi 1 TB and one XFX R7850 GPU. As OS I am going to use Windows 7 64 bit Ult. First of all I am not quite sure if I really can effectively integrate the 520 60GB SSD into the new build, i.e. if I can use the normally potential properties of that SSD in a stably working unit. Further, I would like to use the two Intel 330 180GB SSDs in a RAID0 configuration. Would it be possible to use another SSD or the mechanical HDD as a designated target drive in a recovery volume? Sorry if this question displays a funny/peculiar confusion in regard to my PC knowledge. Should I be able to use Acronis True Image Home 2012 to make a recovery of my system and files?
Parsec has already in detail answered Arin's questions about a RAID0 configuration on the mobo ASUS P8Z77-V Pro. Since my CPU is an Intel Core i7 3770 I think the issues are a bit different from the those that prompted the instructions that Parsec offered Arin.
Anyhow, I have connected the two Intel 330 180GB SSDs to the brown SATA ports. Otherwise, would all of the instructions given to Arin by Parsec apply to my ASUS Sabertooth Z77 mobo?
Just making the important issues quite transparent to me, would it be a correct understanding that before I start the brand new Windows 7 OS installation, I should disconnect all electric power from any other SSD and HDD mounted in the cabinet before I start installing the OS? Should those disks stay disconnected also when I install the drivers? Including the basic RAID driver? Which is? Would it be the IRST 18.104.22.1686 provided by Intel? In other words the f6flpy-x64_22.214.171.1246.zip? And the next step would be to install the STOR_Win7_XP_126.96.36.1996.exe file also provided by Intel on the Intel site: Intel® Rapid Storage Technology Driver for Intel Desktop Boards? Would this be the correct order of installation so far? On the Intel site the following information is provided: "Installs the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RAID) driver version 188.8.131.526 for Intel® Desktop Boards. This driver supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10. The driver should be installed after the operating system has been installed. F6 and RAID BIOS configurations need to be performed prior to installation of this driver for proper operation. RST 11.2 supports TRIM on RAID 0 only on Intel Desktop Boards with the 7 Series chipsets. How to install. The driver should be installed after the operating system has been installed. F6 and RAID BIOS configurations need to be performed prior to installation of this driver for proper operation. Once the operating system is installed and RAID (0, 5 or 10) has been enabled in the BIOS, double-click the downloaded file to launch the driver installation."
Now, this would apply only to Intel mobos, or will it be relevant also to my ASUS Sabertooth Z77 mobo?
Here I am stuck at a point of the installation process where I am desorientated by quite insufficientknowledge. Could I please have some competent intructions on how to proceed to get a RAID system with stability?