Configure and create the RAID volume
Intel's Rapid Storage technology utility allows us to create a RAID volume with relative ease. During POST, press the keys ‘Ctrl’ and ‘I’ together to access the Intel Rapid Storage technology Option ROM utility. At the main menu, select the Create RAID Volume option. Notice that the status of each SSD reads “Non-RAID Disk”.
Use the Tab key to navigate to the Name text box. Key in a meaningful RAID volume name and press Enter to finalize it. After that, navigate to the RAID Level item, using the Up and Down arrow keys to change the value to “RAID 0”. Press Enter to save. Next, navigate to the Stripe Size menu item, and set its value to 128KB. Stripe values range from 4KB to 128KB. Differing stripe sizes affect overall file transfer speeds, with different stripe sizes preferred for different applications, whether databases, audio or video, for example.
Navigate to the Capacity field; leave the value at default, in order to create a single volume RAID. For the final step, select the Create Volume item, and press Enter to create the RAID 0 volume. The Option ROM utility will issue a data loss warning; press the Y key to proceed.
After the RAID volume has been successfully created, the name that was keyed in earlier will be displayed. The status of each SSD has been updated to “Member Disk(0)” to show that they are part of the RAID 0 setup.
At the Create Volume menu, select the Name textbox and key in a meaningful volume name.
The Intel Rapid Storage technology Option ROM utility can be accessed by pressing keys “Ctrl” and “I” during POST.
A warning of data loss from the creation of the RAID volume.
Change the value of the RAID Level to ‘RAID0(Stripe)’.
The Option ROM utility’s main menu, after the successful creation of the RAID volume.
Select the Stripe Size menu item, and change its value to 128KB.
Set the capacity of the RAID volume.
Create the RAID volume.