Testerday I suffered a major system failure. It started with a RAW file opening in ACR and after a moment, the image area became a noisy white. All images were doing the same, and when I loaded one into Photoshop CC, it is was still white, and then the system crashed BIG TIME.
I was not able to reboot without eventually agreeing to use Start Up Repair tool. This despite waiting for over an hour for the hung Windows start up screen to sort itself out. When it did load, both my raid0 arrays were missing. After more restarts I got both arrays showed, but I could only access one of them, so I decided it was time to reinstall Windows.
After some of the discussions we've had here, and the good experience I have my laptop that has the OS on a pair of SSDs in a raid0, and especially thinking about Noels monster boot drive, it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up, so I ordered a pair of Samsung 250Gb EVO SSDs.
But I had some questions about when to load the Intel raid driver during the Windows install, so started this thread on the PremPro Hardware forum. They really know their stuff over there, and helped me loads when I built my box over two years ago.
The first point that was made to me was that the EVO drives are not designed to work in a raid array, so after some frantic phone calls, and another NZ$145 I was able to change the order to a pair of Samsung 256Gb Pro SSDs. There is information about EVO vs Pro in this thread, but it doesn't really say why the EVO is pants
After some Googling I answered my own question about when to install the Intel raid driver during Windows Install, but then Bill Gehrke knocked me flat on my backside saying that the world will come to an end if I use a raid0 for my boot drive.
Anyone here got thoughts on this? Especially Noel who has a four or six SSD raid0 that he uses for everything. As I mentioned in the PremPro Hardware thread, I use Shadow Protect, and while I have not previously used its boot drive image feature, I could do.
A stupid question regards my CC subscription. I assume I just need to Quit the CC Desktop Application Manager let Adobe know I am 'deactivating' the current installation ready for the new one? Yes I know I should go read the FAQ I answer similar questions with on this forum.
Anyway... It will be nice to have a clean install of Win 7 Pro, as it has been getting just a wee bit sick, and is definitely less snappy than when first buit and installed. And I _really_ want to use those 256Gb Pros for the boot drive. I am committed to getting them now.
[EDIT] It would be nice to say I lost nothing, but I have lost a bigish project that was being accessed from a drive not covered by Shadow protect. This was down to pure lazyness. I got another 4Tb USB3 external to back up my back ups, and empty the two raid0 arrays so I could start again with the drive set up with Windows. That brings me up to 18Tb, so no excuses with my back up strategy now.