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RAID 0 on new Alienware 15

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Has anyone set up RAID on an Alienware 13, 15 or the new 17?

I swapped out the 2.5 HDD for an SSD, used Acronis to image the boot drive to it, and I now have 2x M.2 SSD drives in there as well for a total of 2x M.2 SSDs and a 2.5" SSD. I want to set up the 2x M.2's for RAID 0, but despite tinkering around in the BIOS, I can't seem to figure out how to get it going.

The Intel Smart Response mode is on (I believe that's the "RAID" config), and I can access the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application in Windows, but there's no way to "create" a volume that I can see. DevMan shows the Intel RAID chipset installed.

Ideas/thoughts/suggestions?

 

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There's no RAID option in the 13. 
I hope there's a BIOS update for RAID on the bigger laptops, though. 


Game7a1 said:

There's no RAID option in the 13. 
I hope there's a BIOS update for RAID on the bigger laptops, though. 

Oh, okay... well I have a 15. I would have thought the 13 might have it, since there's room for 2 of the M.2 SSD drives. 

 

I called Dell, but they want like $130 to help. That's more than the second M.2 SSD cost me, so that's not happening.


So far there's not a RAID option on any of the Echo models that are coming out.
There's no word or official statement about changing this into allowing users to perform a RAID setting on them.


LOL, another axed feature. Is there anything differentiating Alienware laptops anymore apart from the GA? 


xer0h0ur said:

LOL, another axed feature. Is there anything differentiating Alienware laptops anymore apart from the GA? 

I am shocked ..


If they really took out raid 0 options from the ssd's then I will seriously consider sending my Alienware 15 right back to dell. So disappointed


You can configure this now by load the Intel RST drivers during Windows Setup. (At least this works on the 15 R2).

Do the following:

 

1. In your BIOS, change mode from AHCI to RAID.

2. Start the Windows Setup.

3. Press the button to load drivers.

4. You'll want to load these drivers (have them downloaded and extracted to another USB drive): https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver

- Obviously you'll want the x64 for 64-Bit Windows and x86 for 32-Bit Windows. Not the SetupRST.zip. The actual drivers.

5. Once the drivers are loaded you can select your RAID Array.

Install Windows, done!. Two M2 NGFF PCIe SSDs in RAID0. This ONLY works with two NGFF M2 SSDs. You cannot use an NGFF SSD and a regular SATA3 SSD. It will not recognize them for RAID.

 

Fast as hell.



The bios on the R6 does NOT give an option for RAID or RST. The raid driver only works if the BIOS allows the setup of a RAID drive then the driver is basically the interface between Windows and the BIOS. No raid in bios means no need to install drivers.

I acquired 2 980 pros just to create a RAID0 but it seems at this time it is not possible :(