I want to know the best way to utilize my SDDs and backup hdds.
My system is an
I7 4770k @ 4.3 Ghz
2 x 8 GB RAM STICKS of Corsair Dominator 2100 Mghz
Hardware: I have:
1 (one) Corsair Neutron 480 GB SDD
2 (two) Corsair Neutron 240 GB SDDs
2 (two) 1 TB WD HDDs (one green; one black)
I have Win 8 OS on Corsair 480 GB.
I have a data back up (complete) on the 1TB WD Black HDD
I have no data on the remaining three - 2 x 240 GB Corsairs SDDs and 1x 1TB WD Green HDD
Is it better to set up a Windows Storage space or to create a Raid 5 array?
What are the advantages to using a Raid 5 over Windows storage, if any?
If I am to set up a Raid 5, I want to use my two Corsair 240 SSDs and the 1TB WD Green...
I wonder how I can set up a Raid 5 with these three disks and also put the OS onto the Raid array? Can I do that? Or does the OS have to be on another SDD (my Corsair 480)?
If I decide to setup Raid 5 with those three, I know I set it up in Bios... but now I have to boot from the 480 Corsair which is not part of the array. So do I
1. restart the computer with Bios set to start Raid for Windows 8? And then
1.1 boot from my CDRom into Paragon Disk Copy... where I can copy the OS off of 480 Corsair onto the Raid array
2. restart the computer with Bios set to AHCI and boot into Windows 8 from the 480 Corsair and then...
1.1 use Paragon Disk Copy to Migrate the OS from the 480 Corsair onto the Raid Array?
1.2 if I do this, then when I restart do I go into bios and make the Sata Mode a Raid? And if so, then the OS will boot off of the 240 Corsair in the RAID array.
FINAL THOUGHTS -
I would like to keep the 480 out of the system (and sell it).
I would use the 4th 1 TB WD (black) as a repository (keeping all the data it already has on it, backing up what I need to safeguard onto the Raid array???)
BUT IF USING THE 480 CORSAIR in ANY configuration is better... than I would do that.
Please be more specific (meaning don't skip any steps) because I'm a newbie (sort of -- at least to this Raid thing).
Thank you all.