Thursday, March 10, 2016

How to setup RAID 0 with SSD, Step by step giude

As you know in the computer hardware world reading and writing to the storage disk is the bottleneck for the data transfer. Even though processors an memory chips getting faster and faster, Hard disk reading and writing technologies did not meet the requirement that industry expected.  But, recently after SSD (Solid State Drive) reached to the market, Users got quite comfort because of the data read and write speed if they ignore the risk of lost data.

You may need more and more speed to read and write data to the storage because of these kind of  applications.
  • Compile large source code base
  • Video editing & rendering
  • Working with large CAD files or plans
  • Search in large set of data (Big Data)
  • Search in large databases (Geographical Map Data)
  • Playing Computer Games
  If so best solution for you is setting up RAID 0 with multiple SSDs. So here is the step by step guide how to setup "RAID 0" with two SSDs.


1.  Backup all the data in your computer and you might need to reinstall the OS.

After setting the RAID all of the data in SSD will lost. So if you need the data in SSDs please backup all of those.  By right other drivers should not affect by setting RAID on newly added SSDs. But in my case my Windows 10 OS corrupted after setting RAID. So be prepare or trust the God. I suggest you to back up all the things in the Desktop, bookmarks etc..


2.  Prepare the necessary hardware.
  • Your motherboard should support to configure RAID (Check motherboard details or BIOS setting) and should have two free SATA slots.
  • Two (or more) SSDs with same capacity (In my case I have two 1TB SSDs)

  • Two SATA cables to connect SSD to mother board

  • SATA power cable splitters(T cable) in case if your casing doesn't have extra two power slots. (In my case, casing has one extra power slot, So I bought one splitter)

3.  Connect the SSD to motherboard.
Connect the two SSDs to the motherboard using two SATA cable and power splitter. If you have more than two SSDs, Those must be same capacity and connect all SSDs to the motherboard. Usually SATA cable in motherboard named like STA1, SATA2, STA3 etc.. But if you can see some other names, You should give priority to port named with SATA1,SATA2 etc... I have tried other ports. even though the cable can be plug, SSDs ware not recognize by the motherboard. Make sure to provide power to the SSDs.


4.  Turn on RAID from BIOS.
Turn on the computer and go in to BIOS setting by pressing the necessary key. Find how to turn on the RAID feature. Different BIOS interfaces giving different way to turn on the RAID feature. In my case I'm using Dell Tower workstation. So Here is how I turn on the RAID feature using BIOS interface.



5. Create RAID 0 using RAID Interface

 5.1.
After RAID feature on, Save and exit from the BIOS the your computer will restart and it will show up a new interface line this.

5.2.
It is asking to go press CTRL+I keys to go to RAID setup interface. So please press control and I keys together. Then it will forward you to a this kind of interface.


5.3. 
This is RAID setup interface. Use the arrow keys in the keyboard and select Create RAID Volume and press Enter. This you will see this screen.


5.4. 
This is the RAID Volume setting interface. Type a suitable name (I typed Voloume0), Select RAID0 as RAID Level, Keep other things as default. In my case above screen shows the settings I have choose. Use arrow key and go to Create Volume, then press Enter. Then you can see this screen.


5.5.
This interface allow you to select what the the SSDs you choose to include in to the new RAID0 drive named "Voloum0" In my case I have selected my newly added two 1TB Samsung SSDs. I have one more 256GB space SSD, that uses to install the operating system. And also a hard drive I uses to store data before buying SSDs. You can use space bar to select the SSDs and press Enter after selecting.


5.6.
Then it will ask your confirmation. Press Enter to Confirm and then exit from the RAID setting interface by confirming below dialog..






 6. Restart the computer and enjoy lightning faster data read and write.
After exit, it will restart the computer automatically, Even though it shows the RAID setup enter interface we saw in 5.1 don't do anything this time. If you are lucky, your computer will boot without issue. otherwise you have to reinstall the operating system. In my case I had to install Operating system again.
 After boot the computer, Right click on the My computer (ThisPC in Windows 10) > Go to "Manage" > Go to "Disk Management" Then you can see the new drive as a new one disk. Im my case I have 1769.77 GB one disk. You can this this is just a hard drive and create partition as you like from this space.

In my case I will create two partitions as shown in below image.





29 comments:

  1. Wow that's a wonderfull blog having all details & helpful. Saa Power Cord

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    1. I HAVE FOLLOWED EVERY SINGLE STEP BUT THIS IS NOT WORKING FOR ME. HOWEVER, I SETUP RAID VERY EASY WITH ONE PROGEAM. HERE IS FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SETUP RAID ALMOST AUTOMATICALLY>>>> RAID SETTER (UPDATED) . PS IT'S NOT MINE AND I AM JUST SHARING IT HERE... I HOPE IT WILL WORK FOR YOU TOO.

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    2. Thanks man. I was searching for any working version of it.

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    3. It worked. Thank you Adam, you just saved me a lot of time.

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    4. Thanks buddy for sharing it here. Great share

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  2. bullshit, this does not work.

    You dont mention having to REINSTALL WINDOWS till the very end.

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    1. Yes this does work, and the first step literally says you might need to reinstall your os. SMH

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    2. "1. Backup all the data in your computer and you might need to reinstall the OS.

      After setting the RAID all of the data in SSD will lost. So if you need the data in SSDs please backup all of those. By right other drivers should not affect by setting RAID on newly added SSDs. But in my case my Windows 10 OS corrupted after setting RAID. So be prepare or trust the God. I suggest you to back up all the things in the Desktop, bookmarks etc.. "

      it literally says you may need to reinstall OS IN THE FIRST STEP. you uneducated swine.

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    3. You dont need to reinstall, you can change a registry setting to allow the PC to recognise your change from AHCI to RAID

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    4. @Unknown Umm... that's pretty hilarious/contradicting seeing as RAID has to swipe your drives to be setup properly. Fact.

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  3. try backing up with acronis true image prior to doing this and restore image to new drive you have created, then re-boot F2 and change boot drive sequence to boot up on (2 SSD in Raid 0 )

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  5. the ssd's have to be of the same capacity?

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  8. Anyone considering installing RAID 0 (Especially 0) needs to take VERY MANY precautions. Setting it up for example ALL the drives in that array will be completely formatted/erased and have to be setup just as came from the manufacturer (BIOS). Once you have your version of RAID up and running... you need to adjust the cache and how it's written/flushed, the easiest way I've found is benchmarks to find the best option tailored for my needs. (compiling huge files and CAD). I simply use READ ONLY. It gives a huge boost without the risk of write back, write back is very risky if you're not using a UPS, such as a workstation although I don't think it's necessary... even with a UPS.

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    1. I prefer my array to be setup through BIOS but I forgot to mention, intel rapid storage technology's program has a lot of helpful tips and an array can even be set up through that program.... just be careful about it swiping your drives. I hope this helped SOMEONE.

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