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Supercharge your PC's storage with a RAID setup: Everything you need to know

Marco Chiappetta | Nov. 20, 2014
Configuring multiple drives in RAID can protect against disaster and provide face-meltingly fast transfer speeds.

During the initial part of the OS setup phase, there will be a button to load drivers. Place the drivers for your RAID controller on a flash drive, optical disk, or external HD, connect it to your machine, and browse to the drivers during the installation. Once the drivers are installed, you should be able to select the array as your Windows installation destination and continue on as you would with a single drive.

The final word
If you've got the cash (or the spare drives), setting up RAID is quick and easy. And if you decide to configure RAID on your PC, you'll either enjoy the peace of mind that comes with redundancy or reap the benefits of additional performance.

To give you an idea of what a two-drive RAID 0 array can do with a pair of Intel 730 SSDs, consider this: A single Intel 730 series SSD offers approximately 536MB/s and 483MB/s read and write bandwidth with large sequential transfers. Pair up two drives in RAID 0, however, and those read and write numbers jump to an insane 1061MB/s and 924MB/s, respectively.

Now that's face-meltingly fast storage. Be sure to back up your data regularly in case one of the drives fails though!


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