Noob to RAID, how do i proceed?

  AL47 20:58 25 Aug 10
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im now setting up a raid 0 on my asus p6t se motherboard

im using 2 WD velociraptors, 300GB.

ive read my manual on how to do it but have a few questions.

1.im reading about various stripe sizes, my manual says 128KB for RAID 0 and general PC, but im not sure if thats correct/optimal aas im a noob lol

2. im hoping this is a yes.. can i just use acronis to image my hdd, set up win 7, then reload the image onto the new bigger hard drive RAID setup?

thanks in advance.. this is a new step for me until i get a SSD when the next bigger generation come out!

EDT..i know these are probably quite common questions, so apologies, im just wary as i dont want to ruin 2 velociraptors doing something wrong!
also is there anything i should do before going into the bios etc?

  AL47 20:59 25 Aug 10

i use my computer for transcoding blu rays, playing new games, tv, recording, photoshop, internet.. everything really

  retep888™ 21:44 25 Aug 10

1. 128KB is the optimum stripe size for performance,so it's the normal setting for RAID 0, it's the same setting on my WD VRs,works very well. However, for the SSD (depending on the makes) it could be a different story, my Corsair extreme series are on 32KB for best performance though, strange.

2. Certainly you can try as long as you can reset and expand the HDD size when you're reloading the image onto the RAID array. What I'd do is imaging the single VR first then try reloading it onto the RAID, if failed then set up Windows on the RAID then image it again but keep the original single image just in case.

<<also is there anything i should do before going into the bios etc?>>

***Back up everything as well as making a positive verified HDD image because once you're into the Bios and press the button to set up the RAID 0 array, all datas will have gone.*******

  AL47 23:17 25 Aug 10

Thanks I'm all backed up now

But I can't get the raid setup to work at all.. in the BIOS

I have set the hdd configuration to raid.. that's ok, now I can't get the raid setup utility to work

My manual says press ctrl+i but nothing happens

Help :)

  ashdav 23:46 25 Aug 10

Raid setup is offered during the bios post screens at startup.
Be quick it's only there for a second or so until you've actually set it up.
If you miss it, reboot.

  AL47 23:52 25 Aug 10

I don't get anything

From the bog standard post screen it goes straight to loading os like normal

My old (before raid) doesn't boot at all with raid enabled

But I installed a new win 7 on the second drive with raid enabled, this one boots

Do I have to have 2 formatted hdds to set this up?

Is there a setting in BIOS I missing?

  AL47 23:52 25 Aug 10

I don't get anything

From the bog standard post screen it goes straight to loading os like normal

My old (before raid) doesn't boot at all with raid enabled

But I installed a new win 7 on the second drive with raid enabled, this one boots

Do I have to have 2 formatted hdds to set this up?

Is there a setting in BIOS I missing?

  AL47 23:53 25 Aug 10

I don't get anything

From the bog standard post screen it goes straight to loading os like normal

My old (before raid) doesn't boot at all with raid enabled

But I installed a new win 7 on the second drive with raid enabled, this one boots

Do I have to have 2 formatted hdds to set this up?

Is there a setting in BIOS I missing?

  AL47 23:53 25 Aug 10

I don't get anything

From the bog standard post screen it goes straight to loading os like normal

My old (before raid) doesn't boot at all with raid enabled

But I installed a new win 7 on the second drive with raid enabled, this one boots

Do I have to have 2 formatted hdds to set this up?

Is there a setting in BIOS I missing?

  ashdav 23:53 25 Aug 10

Regarding the reinstallation of the Acronis backup it should work but there won't be any raid drivers installed as they weren't there to start with.
Win 7 is pretty adaptive though so it may have default drivers it can load (new hardware detected etc.).
The correct ones will be installed when you do an update from Microsoft.If not use the driver disc for the mobo.
Hope it works.

  retep888™ 23:54 25 Aug 10

1.Enter the Bios Setup during POST.

2.Go to Main menu,select Storage Configuration,then press <Enter>.

3.Select the item Configure SATA as, then press <Enter> to display the configuration options.

4.Select[RAID] from the Configuration SATA as item options,then press <Enter>.

5.Save your changes,then exit the Bios Setup.

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