Raid0 on SSDs
Posted on 2009-05-04
My knowledge is limited in computers, so please be patient with my lengthy explanation below, I hope everything is clear.
I have bought new Computer parts and have built them together over the weekend. One of the parts are two 80GB SSD X-25 from Intel.
I have set them up in a Raid0 , followed the exact instructions from the Mainboard Manual (Size of the RAID only 110GB due to the 80% Bug on the Intel SSDs, Stripsize 128kb, i think).
Thereafter I have installed Windows Vista 64bit (using only one DIMM Slot on the Mainboard, one 2GB bar), worked fine, also the Raid Drivers from the USB Stick worked. Then I did all the updates in Windows, as soon as they were all done, i put in the other RAM, in total 12GB in six bars.
When I restarted the computer it somehow asked something about the Mainboard configuration, i can't remember what it was exactly, but i thought I chose the safe way. After that, the computer restarted and said that the Operating system was missing. I did not understand the reason and tryed to restart it a couple of times.
Then I took all the RAM out again but one and tried again, still nothing. so I went into BIOS where I saw that the storage configuration was on SATA and not on RAID anymore, so I changed it back to RAID and there Vista started again.
After having put back all the RAM I went into Vista and there into the Data Storage thingy, where it showed me that of the 110GB already 49GB were used and only 61GB free space left. Now how can that be when I have only 18GB of Data on C: (when I mark all and check the properties).
How can already 44% of the Systemdrive be occupied after only installing Vista, its updates, anti-virus programm, mainboard, soundcard and graficscard driver?
Do I have to redo the RAID and install everything again? If so, how do I correctly format the SSDs so that I don't have a problem with the 80% Bug?
If that is normal, what is taking up so much space already on my system drive?
Below is the configuration of my computer, if you would need to know (i don't know)
Would anybody suggest to already install Windows 7 on the computer?
Thank you very much in advance for a quick help!! (BTW I am at the office at the moment, can only check things in a couple of hours)
X25-M SATA II SSD 80GB 2.5IN MLC HIGH PERFORMANCE IN NMS 2 pieces
Samsung HD103UJ, F1, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
Teac 3.5 Zoll Floppy inkl. 7in1 Card Reader, schwarz
Gainward GTX-285 Dual-Fan 1GB DDR3 2 pieces
NZXT SENTRY LX - Multipanel
Be Quiet Dark Power BQT P7-PRO-850W, Pro Edition
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit, DE, DSP, SP1
38003 Samsung SH-S223F SATA Black - Bulk
SH-S223F/BEBE - DVD±RW/DL/RAM (22x/8x/16x/12x) - SATA - Bulk (Black)
38082 Logitech Z-5
980-000169 - Speakers - 2 x 1 W - Wireless remote
0000310809 DDR3 1866MHz 6GB (Kit of 3) 2 pieces
Prozessor - 1 x Intel Core i7 940
ASUS Rampage II Extreme
Zalman GT-1000, black
Kühler Zalman CNPS 9900