Just purchased and installed an Intel 730 480GB and it seems to be working fine. I heard if I added a second 730 and put in in RAID 0 I would double the capacity and get nearly a double performance boost. Just wondering what the easiest way to do this is and are there any negatives besides the fact that if one drive fails all data is lost. If it matters I am using an ASUS Z97-AR motherboard. Thanks for your time.
If you setup a RAID 0 with two 730 SSDs it will double the capacity on your system but there is no redundancy on disks so if it fails all data will be lost.
In order to setup a raid you must have the chipset mode set as RAID and then install the Operating System.
This is a very good and informative link about RAIDs:
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Here you can find the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology guide for setting up a RAID:
Thanks for the reply Kevin. Also wondering if there was a way to convert a single-drive system into a RAID 0 system with all data intact or would it be easier to just format the drives and start over from scratch? Also will using TRIM from the Intel SSD toolbox still work on a RAID 0 system?
In fact it is possible. Check the following link that contains supported RAID migrations:
Just in case here is the information in how to setup a RAID ready system:
Thanks for all the help so far Kevin. I did buy a second 730 SSD and set it up in RAID 0 ( I used the ASUS BIOS EZ setup) It works but I have 2 questions. Bootup time seems so take a little longer as it has to go through multiple BIOS screens (with a single drive it did it just one time). Is this normal or would there will be some way to fix this? Also it says I can't use the TRIM Optimizer on a RAID system on Windows 8 in the Intel SSD Toolbox. It there another way to run TRIM and keep my drives in peaking working order? Thanks.
RAID 0 is the only raid that supports TRIM so it should work just fine but is not necessary to use the optimizer on Windows 8.
Talking about performance, it may take little longer to boot since it has a structure to recognize but once it is up and running it should be very fast.