Setting Up RAID
1. Download Intel’s Latest Rapid Storage Technology Drivers and save the install package to external media such as a USB flash storage device. The RST version you use will make a difference to your overall performance. I like to have the latest chipset drivers on hand too. You can read about how I prepare for a new OS install here.
2. Prepare your new system and ensure that you have written down or printed out the instructions if you do not have a notebook or tablet at hand.
3. Start the PC and go into BIOS by pressing Del.
4. Navigate to your Storage Configuration, Configure SATA options.
5. Select RAID
6. Press F10, then Enter to reboot the PC.
7. The PC will restart, then as soon as the Intel Matrix Storage Manager Screen appears for a few seconds press Ctrl+I
8. Select Create RAID Volume.
9. You will then arrive at a screen, then take these four simple steps:
Select RAID Level (RAID0) or whichever RAID you wish to use.
Select Disks (Tab to Down and Press Enter To Select)
Select Stripe (Intel Recommends 16k for SSDs)
Select Capacity (At Max By default)
10. Enter and when asked at the conformation screen press Y for yes.
11. Escape to reboot.
12. Insert your OS medium - I use a USB stick for OS installation
13. As system reboots press F8 to select boot options, or go back into BIOS by pressing Del.
14. Navigate to the BOOT section and confirm that RAID volume is set as the primary boot device. I like to do my clean install with no other drives present. In other words I only have the RAID volumes available. If you have other drives present, the possibility of other drives being set by default as the boot disc is likely. Therefore you need to ensure the primary boot is set to the RAID volume.
15. Press F10 to Save and ExitInstall your OS
1. Follow all prompts the Windows installation offers as normal
2. During the Windows 7 installation you need to select the drive or partition for your OS to be installed: select your RAID array (shown as one drive) and install Windows onto it. Warning – if you have multiple disks in the system please select carefully as installing a OS can wipe all data from your hard drive if you get your selection wrong. For this reason, I prefer not to have any other drives present in the system during installation).
3. Direct the OS installer at your RAID drive, and let the OS (Windows 7) do the rest, you do not need to format the drive if you’re using SSD drives. The Windows installation will start and simply carry on as normal.
4. After the system has installed and rebooted itself a few times, you will have successfully set up your first RAID. Congratulations!