My SSD with Windows 7 recently crashed, so I'm going to purchase a new SSD and install Windows 7 to replace it. I'll also have to reinstall all the drivers for my hardware (motherboard, graphics card, etc.). This time around, I was thinking of purchasing two SSDs and setting them up in RAID 1 mode. I had heard about RAID from some classes I took in college, the main idea being that if one drive crashes, the other can still function, and I won't lose data. Then, I can just replace the broken drive with a new one and the computer will pick up where I left off after copying all the files over to the new drive. This way, I won't have to reinstall the operating system or drivers if one of my SSDs crashes.
When I was researching more about RAID, I came across another technology called AHCI. I found several sites comparing the two but I'm still not clear what AHCI is.
- Is it a newer version of RAID?
- Can it be set up in a mode analogous to RAID 1 so that the SSDs are mirrored?
- I also have an HDD in my computer (for data, in addition to the SSD that crashed) and was wondering if this would complicate setting up RAID / ACHI for the SSD.
- Is it also possible to set up RAID / AHCI for the HDD in conjunction with RAID / AHCI for the SSD?
I have an Intel P6T motherboard.