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livinthehead

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Hi there,
I'm new to forums so please bare with me,

I've recently bought 2 250Gb Samsung EVO SSDs and want to RAID 0 them, then transfer my OS (and a few games) to them and keep my current 1Tb Seagate Barracuda HDD for the storage. I have fit them into my computer fine and (still running in IDE mode and booting from the HDD) they show in the Samsung software so I know the computer can see them.

I then put my BIOS into RAID mode and set up the raid 0 for the SSDs no problem, still booting from the HDD. I was told from a friend this would be fine as would be able to use the Samsung software to then transfer everything I wanted no problem then set to boot from the SSD.

However, this is where the problem started, windows started to load but went straight to the system restore and trouble shoot menu. I reset and let it try and sort itself out a few times before thinking something wasn't right. I was then worried about the integrity of my OS and all files on my HDD so unplugged the SSDs, deleted the RAID setup and changed it back to IDE in the BIOS. All worked perfectly so the HDD is fine.

Clearly I am doing something fundamentally wrong and haven't set something to the right option or what my friend told me is wrong and I may possibly need to do a clean install (which would be a real pain in the neck).

Any help on this would be really appreciated, I am new to RAID and SSDs so I am hoping there is something simple I am not doing to sort this problem out. System specs are below.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Liv

Windows 8.1pro x64
Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz
Asus P8P67pro
16GB Corsair Vengence
Asus Nvidia GTX 780
1 x Seagate Barracuda 1Tb
2 x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
Corsair AX860i
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1pro x64
    Name
    Liv
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P8P67pro
    Memory
    16GB Corsair Vengence
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Nvidia GTX 780
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x 21.5 Samsung LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Seagate Barracuda 1Tb
    2 x Samsung 840 EVO 250GB
    PSU
    Corsair AX860i
    Case
    Zalman Z9+
    Country Flag
    UK

alkaufmann

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Sounds like you did everything right. When you had the SSDs installed as regular drives did you go into disk management and format both drives just to make sure both SSD drives are working properly? If both drives are okay and you then went into the bios to set them up as one raid drive, Windows should have booted properly from your HHD without any problem.

The EVO drives are cheaper for a reason, I am starting to think that the Samsung 840 EVO SSDs should not be used in Raid mode.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro WMC
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Masuhr - Black Corsair
    CPU
    Intel I7 4770k
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus VI Hero
    Memory
    Corsair Dominator 16GB DD3-1866
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GTX 660 Ti
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS PA248
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    Revodrive 350 480GB
    SSD Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB Sata3
    HDD WD Red 2x2TB Sata3
    PSU
    Corsair 860i
    Case
    Cooler Master HAF X
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Keyboard
    LG G19
    Mouse
    Microsoft Sidewinder X8
    Internet Speed
    DSL
    Browser
    IE
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
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    Logitech T650 Touchpad
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    Canada
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    ca british columbia

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