SSD Drives in an Array

I'm going to rebuild my system in the new week or so (will run Windows 10), and I'm going to use SSD drives for my main OS/Programs drives. I've always used a RAID 1 array for my main discs to help insure I have a working machine, and I'd like to do so with the SSD drives. I'll use standard platter drives for document storage and such.

I assume that SSDs are no different than SATA hard drives in regard to RAID arrays, but of course I'm not sure about that, so I'm turning to the Experts to ask how to best setup my machine with SSD drives to give me the best chance to avoid downtime. Do SSD drives work the same as SATA in regard to RAID setups, or do I need to do something else?

Thanks in advance ...
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareAsked:
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andreasSystem AdminCommented:
Trim will not work in many cases, it only works on some intel based mainboards with newest drivers. If TRIM will not work you will reduce speed and life time of your SSDs,

just my 2 cents.
As long as you DON'T use the fake-RAID controller of your mainboard, you should be fine. Setup the array within Windows 10 diskmanagement. That gives you much better performance, and is also far more stable and safe than when you use a fake-RAID controller. I'd also suggest to buy enterprise class SSD's, and make sure their firmware is up-to-date before creating the array.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As said above you better go with software RAID for SSD drives. This can be done via Windows Disk Management by converting the drives into dynamic type.
If you decide to use SSDs with hardware RAID controller then you get inactive TRIM. Which will cause overuse of the specific pages of the drives.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareAuthor Commented:
Glad I asked - I didn't even know you could create RAID array's with the builtin Disk Management stuff!

I'm looking into Enterprise Class, around 400 GB or so. Don't know that I can afford those, but I'm counting my pennies to see. My current 500GB drives are at about 400 GB capacity, but a LOT of that is (a) junk that I installed that I really, really don't need (~ 20 GB, I'd think) and (b) Documents and such which SHOULD have been stored on an different drive (~ 12 - 15 GB). I did not do a good job in setting up the old system, and left "My Documents" and such on the main drive. When I rebuild the system, I'm going to set it up in a more logical fashion, and store my documents and such on other internal drives.
Something else that is important, is to make sure that your SATA controller is set to AHCI mode, and not IDE or Compatible mode. Besides that it also helps if it supports SATA III, as otherwise you won't be able to get an optimum out of your disks.
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareAuthor Commented:
Thanks Rindi. My SATA controllers are directly on the m/b, so I'll have to check to see what sort of settings I have for them.
Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the advice everyone. I've asked a followup question regarding specifics, if you'd like to participate in that one:
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