NVMe SSD RAID Guide
We are making an up-to-date NVMe RAID guide with two Samsung SSD 980s. In 2021, we decided to make an up-to-date NVMe SSD RAID guide with Samsung’s new SSD 980 model and Intel’s z590 motherboard.
First, let’s briefly talk about what RAID is. This term, an acronym for Redundant Array of inexperienced Disks, is simply the process of combining multiple disks into a single layout for performance or data security purposes. Today we will install RAID 0, which is used for performance purposes.
Normally, RAID should be done with drives with the same brand model and capacity, but since Samsung sent us two different capacity SSD 980s, we will also do Raid with these two SSDs.
NVMe SSD RAID Installation and BIOS settings
- First, for this process, we connect our SSDs to the Maximus XIII Hero motherboard with Asus ‘ z590 chipset.
- If the system is running, we enter the BIOS, and from here we enter Advanced Mode (Advanced Mode).
- Advanced > PCH Storage Configuration section and SATA Mode selection setting instead of AHCI Intel RST Premium do.
- After this process, two Samsung SSD 980 NVMe drivers appear below. We change both to RST Controlled.
- F10 saves the settings and restarts our computer.
- At boot, we enter the BIOS again, and here we see that the Intel Rapid Storage Technology setting is On. It’s time to install RAID.
Step-by-step RAID setup
- Go back to Advanced Mode and go to the Advanced tab.
- This time, we enter the Intel Rapid Storage Technology menu that appears at the bottom. Now you can see both Samsung SSD 980 models ready for installation here.
- Create RAID Volume and name under the RAID installation we give a name.
- Since we will make RAID 0, we leave the RAID Level setting as RAID0 (Stripe).
- If you make this setting RAID1 (Mirror), the second SSD is used for backup purposes. So even if one of the SSDs breaks down, you can continue on your way directly with the second SSD without losing your data.
- In the next step, we select our two SSDs with X from the Select Disks section.
- Here you will see that the capacity is 476,945 MB. Since one of the SSDs is 250 GB, we will be able to use this much space from the second SSD. So the total capacity will be 465 GB. If both disks were 1 TB, our total capacity would be 2 TB.
- We call Create Volume and our RAID0 installation is now ready!
- F10 by saying the settings are saved and Windows 10 into the USB memory card by opening our computer to start the installation.
NVMe SSD RAID Installing Windows on a RAID disk
- In Windows 10 installation, you will not see any drives when we go to the disk selection screen. This is because Microsoft does not include the Intel RAID drive in the operating system. We need to manually lower the drive.
- We enter the support page of our motherboard and download Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver from here and remove it to the folder.
- Driver>64-Bit folder we throw to our USB memory and connect the memory to the system we installed Windows.
- Now we call install driver > Browse on the setup screen. We select the 64-Bit folder on our USB drive and say OK.
- From the list that appears, we select the Intel Chipset SATA/PCIe RST Premium Controller option and install the RAID driver by saying Next.
- After installation, our RAID partition appears automatically. Now we select this section and say New > apply, and the necessary sections are formed.
- Call ahead and start installing Windows.
- Intel Rapid Storage technology installation
- To learn about our RAID installation, we are installing Intel Optane Memory and Storage Management from the Install folder in Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver, which we downloaded from the support page of our motherboard.
- After restarting our computer, we can now learn more about our RAID system.
- Here we can see how fast our SSDs are connected and their qualities, such as HMB support.
SSD 980 NVMe Raid Tests
- We perform our first Test with the AS SSD, where we achieve 4758 MB/s read and 2328 MB write speed.
- When we pass the CrystalDiskMark test, we see sequential read speeds of 5165 MB/s and sequential write speeds of 2509 MB/s.
- Each thanks to our PCIe 3.0-supported SSDs, we can achieve PCIe 4.0 speeds, which would have been much higher if both had a capacity of 1 TB.
- In our latest test, Atto, we also achieve a write speed of 2.38 GB/s and a read speed of 4.56 GB/s.
Yes, you can also install RAID for your own speed or security purposes with this guide. Our goal in this guide is to show the RAID installation in general. If you have such a plan, we always recommend using SSD of the same make, model and capacity.