If you search this forum, you will find:
1) The Samsung Evo is not recommended. The Samsung Pro is.
2) Raid for the OS drive is of no significant benefit.
Thanks for your input Bob.
My thought were that with a 500Gb C: drive with that much performance, I would be able to use it for more than the OS. Some of the things that I currently have on the other drives could stay on the C: drive. Note that Photoshop is by far my main use with this system.
I'll try and intercept the order and see if I am too late to change to the Pro drives. (their phone is engaged right now)
OK, I was able to intercept the order and change it to a pair of Samsung 256Gb 840 Pro drives. I have also found threads discussing the difference between the EVO and Pro drives, so thanks Bob for the heads up in time for me to change the order.
I expect I can muddle through the set up and reinstall, with some help from Google, but I am just a bit nervous about the process, and specifically when I'll get the chance to install the Intel driver, and how on earth I install Windows to an array that won't exist until I install the driver.
It is a major mistake to install your OS and APPs on a RAID 0 array. Recovery tools generally will not work on RAID arrays. Keep your OS and Apps on a single drive.
Thanks Bill. We see so many systems with a raid0 boot drive nowadays, I didn't even consider it to be an issue. Noel Carboni on the Photoshop forum is proud of his multi drive SSD raid0 that he uses for _everything_, although Noel is only a Photoshop guy, and software engineer. I also have an MSI laptop that came as standard with two SSDs in a raid0 for the boot drive (MSI GT70).
Regards recovery tools, I have Shadow Protect, but have not used its boot drive image feature up to now. I don't know if that would cover me for a lost boot drive?
BTW I have worked out how and when to install the drivers. I am also committed to the two drives now, so just have to decide how to use them.
Use one as an OS drive and clone it to the other one so you have a backup.