I have been enjoying the acceleration provided by Smart Response Technology for a while now.
I have a DZ68DB board, SSD311 and a 3TB HDD paired with it. The SSD and 3TB HDD is already in acceleration mode, and running without any issues. I'm running Windows 7 Professional.
I have just got another 3TB HDD, and I would like to hook it up so that I use the 2 HDDs as a 6TB drive and accelerate that combined pool with the SSD311. I think my only option is setting up the 2 HDDs as a RAID0 and then add the SSD311 with IRST software and set to accelerate. During the process, I don't want to reisntall OS, or clean the old 3TB drive. I don't have time to transfer everything to an external drive and copy back afterwards. I know many of you will point out that I should have a backup anyway, and I do, it's just not the whole disk, just the important stuff.
Here comes the questions:
What I'm thinking is that there may be a way to add the new HDD to the old one to create the RAID w/o going into BIOS RAID controller, but rather using Intel Rapid Storage Technology Software, which will be more user friendly and more clear about losing data during the process.
I would appreciate any help before I get going by myself (I'm running extensive diagnostic tests on the new HDD so I won't be getting to installing it with RAID any time soon, I have trust issues with the HDD since it was delivered from Amazon and left on my door step for a few hours )
In regards to your inquires, you can use the Solid-State Drive to accelerate the RAID of the 3 TB hard drives.
If you need to reinstall the operating system then the answer is no as you installed the operating system in RAID mode ( required to run Intel® Smart Response Technology ).
Your steps are quite right at the beginning so I will copy and modify them.