M.2 RAID set-up help


TomR1945

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I’m trying to set up a RAID array using four M.2 Gen 4 NVMe SSDs. They are identical 4 Tb drives mounted on a PCIE X16 expansion card. The motherboard is a Z790 Aorus Elite AX, the processor is an Intel i7-13700K, 64 Gb DDR5 5600 RAM.

Currently, I am using two HDDs, one 8 TB and the other 14 TB.

I have well over 850 GB of mixed data spread over the two HDDs, an M.2 Gen 4 NVMe 4 Tb boot drive and an M.2 Gen 4 NVMe 4 Tb Data drive. Everything is uploaded to OneDrive and available on my PC.

After many years of collecting all this and needing to add another TB to my OneDrive account, I wanted to see how much duplication I had. Long story short… over 60% of my data were duplicates!

Using an app to find and remove duplication is what made me want to try this approach to speed everything up. Searching through all the different drives and multiple partitions took forever. Several searches took over 40 hours to complete. Then another 25 hours or so to delete the dups.

So, if you have read this far, you have come to the reason for this post.

Does anyone with RAID experience care to assist me in setting this up?

Things I am aware of.
  • There are many ways to do this.
  • There are better ways to do this.
  • There are cheaper ways to do this.
Notes.
  • I’m bored and this is what I want to do.
  • I have already purchased the M.2 drives.
  • I have already purchased the PCIE expansion card.
  • I have an open PCIE X16 slot as I do not need the graphics card.
Thank you for getting through this!

Tom R.
 
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does your system have a raid controller? clearly didn't read close enough. what raid are you wanting to create?
 

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does your system have a raid controller?
The motherboard supports it as far as I know.
I am waiting for a responce from Aorus.
 

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    Intel i7-13700K
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    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
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    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
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    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
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    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
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    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
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    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
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    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
i edited my post assuming that your Expansion card was a raid controller. all good. just let us know when you hear back and we can go from there. there are many ways, like you stated. Disk Management, Intel Optane, etc.
 

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does your system have a raid controller? clearly didn't read close enough. what raid are you wanting to create?
Here is where I need help. I have read pro and con of the different types, but am unsure which is best for my needs.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
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    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
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    Corsair SF-1000L
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
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    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
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    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
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    Rosewill PMG 550
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    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
Do you want them to mirror each other? Or do you want all of the storage space to show as one large drive?

In other words, are you wanting redundancy or space?
 

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    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
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    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
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    Logitech MX Keys
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    Internet Speed
    >400 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up.
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    Google Chrome
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    McAfee
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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
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    Intel i7-11700K
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    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
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    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
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    Rosewill PMG 550
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    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
Do you want them to mirror each other? Or do you want all of the storage space to show as one large drive?

In other words, are you wanting redundancy or space?
I believe redundancy. I will have a total of 22 Tb storage.
However, the most important reason is speed!
 

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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
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    PC/Desktop
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    CPU
    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
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    Logitech MX Keys
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    McAfee
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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
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    Home Built
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    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
    Graphics card(s)
    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
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    Rosewill PMG 550
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    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
OK, time for an update!
After the imput I received here and further research, I don't belive the RAID array is what I need. What I knew about them was not exactly accurate.
I now realize what I am after is JBOD! I want space and performance not security. RAID 0 would fill that need, however, I do not want one large drive. I want 4 individual drives to replacre two HDDs with 5 individual partitions. By using 4 Gen 4 4Tb M.2 drives, I will have the space and performance I want and will be able to eliminate both of the snail paced HDDs.

So, now that I have the PCIE expansion card, I am wondering if it will do what I want.

Here is the card I have. Quad NVMe PCIe Adapter, RIITOP 4 Ports M.2 NVMe SSD to PCI-e 4.0/3.0 x16 Card with Fan Support 2280/2260/2242/2230 NVMe SSD (PCI-e Bifurcation Required)

Sorry, couldn't figure out how to make it a link. Just copy & paste.

Thoughts and comments are always welcome!

TomR
 

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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
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    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
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    Logitech MX Keys
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    Logitech MX Master 3S
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    McAfee
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    Not a gamer. Just like tinkering. That has been the reason for many hours of searching for solutions!
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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
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    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
    Graphics card(s)
    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
    PSU
    Rosewill PMG 550
    Case
    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
    Cooling
    Noctura NH-D9L Push-Pull
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    > 175 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up
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    Google Chrome
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    McAfee
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
I've never used JBOD. It seems to be a way to combine multiple drives into a single logical drive.

I suppose that you could partition that drive, but the point escapes me.

It sounds like you don't want any sort of RAID.

Years ago, I used 4 disks in RAID 10. Every time the PC crashed (more common then), the array was reverified. Took hours, even though the drives were only 500GB each. The machine was still usable during that time, but with degraded HD performance. Sort of ruined my taste for RAID. I haven't used it since. (If I ever go to an external array, Raid 5 seems like the way to go.)
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
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    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
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    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
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    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
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    windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
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    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
Another update!
I am still trying to get the 4 M.2 NVME drives setup on my desktop.
Further research convinced me I do NOT want a RAID array OR JBOD.
For the Raid setup, I do not want/need redundancy.
For JBOD, I do NOT want one large drive.
I do not know what to call this, but I want the 4 M.2 drives to be totally independent and operate as stand-alone drives.
I have the above-mentioned PCIE expansion card and the drives are mounted.
What I need now is to know what changes to the BIOS settings I need to make for the PC to see the 4 individual drives.
Everything I have found so far is aimed at setting up a RAID array.

I need help! This project has turned into a technical nightmare for me, WAY above my level of expertese!

Thank you.

TomR.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
    Case
    Cooler Master N400 ATX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Internet Speed
    >400 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up.
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
    Other Info
    Not a gamer. Just like tinkering. That has been the reason for many hours of searching for solutions!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
    Graphics card(s)
    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
    PSU
    Rosewill PMG 550
    Case
    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
    Cooling
    Noctura NH-D9L Push-Pull
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    > 175 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
    Other Info
    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
That sort of thing is beyond me, but do you have PCI-E Bifurcation enabled in the BIOS settings? The BIOS manual implies that it's set to "auto" by default. If it is set that way, it may be possible to manual set it up for 4 X 4.

I believe it's required for the M.2 drives to show up as individual devices.

Good luck.
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
I do not know what to call this, but I want the 4 M.2 drives to be totally independent and operate as stand-alone drives.
I have the above-mentioned PCIE expansion card and the drives are mounted.
What I need now is to know what changes to the BIOS settings I need to make for the PC to see the 4 individual drives.
Everything I have found so far is aimed at setting up a RAID array.

I need help! This project has turned into a technical nightmare for me, WAY above my level of expertese!

Thank you.

TomR.
you shouldn't have to do anything. The drives should show up in disk management within windows already. You will just initialize each, format each and have 4 stand alone drives.
 

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    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
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    Chrome
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you shouldn't have to do anything. The drives should show up in disk management within windows already. You will just initialize each, format each and have 4 stand alone drives.
Sorry for not seeing you post sooner.

Yeah, thats what I thought. After many hours of experimenting, I gave up and called in an IT Guru.
After his 3 1/2 hours of tinkering, he came to the conclusion that the BIOS, or the Intel chipset, or the MB, or any combination of the three did not support the function.

So, I am now waiting on a new MB that does support the installation. MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
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    Intel i7-13700K
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    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
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    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
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    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
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    Integrated
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    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
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    4096 X 2160
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    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
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    Corsair SF-1000L
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    Cooler Master N400 ATX
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    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
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    Logitech MX Keys
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    >400 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up.
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    Not a gamer. Just like tinkering. That has been the reason for many hours of searching for solutions!
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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
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    Intel i7-11700K
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    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
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    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
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    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
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    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
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    4096 X 2160
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    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
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    Rosewill PMG 550
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    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
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    Noctura NH-D9L Push-Pull
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    Logitech MX Master 3S
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    Google Chrome
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    McAfee
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
Strange.

I don't own the Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX, but the BIOS manual for it indicates that it supports PCI-E bifurcation on the X16 slot.

Which is not the slot I'd care to use, as I always use a discrete graphics card.

I haven't found any documentation that the MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WIFI does a better job of PCI-E bifurcation, but it may.

To use an I7-13700K, you'd need BIOS 7D30v17 or later. If by some chance your board comes with an older BIOS, the manual indicates that it can be updated without having a CPU installed. (That's a relatively high-end feature, IMHO.)

Best of luck.
 

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    Windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
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    Amd Threadripper 7970X
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    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
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    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
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    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
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    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
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    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
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    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
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    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
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    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
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    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
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    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
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    windows 11 22631.2861
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    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
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    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
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    Logitech K120 (wired)
I believe I found the source of the problem. According to Intel, the Z790 chipset is not compatible with what I am trying to do.
I ended up ordering a different motherboard with a different chipset.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
    Case
    Cooler Master N400 ATX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
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    >400 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up.
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    Google Chrome
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    McAfee
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    Not a gamer. Just like tinkering. That has been the reason for many hours of searching for solutions!
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    Home Built
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    Intel i7-11700K
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    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
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    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
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    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
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    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
    PSU
    Rosewill PMG 550
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    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
    Cooling
    Noctura NH-D9L Push-Pull
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
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    > 175 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up
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    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
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    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
After his 3 1/2 hours of tinkering, he came to the conclusion that the BIOS, or the Intel chipset, or the MB, or any combination of the three did not support the function.
What version of RAID were they trying to setup. Did they check to see if the board supported such a configuration?

Also there are lots of people claiming to be PC techs, but.... and especially if they're not familiar with modern tech. Th old ways of doing certain things no longer apply, and thus a little bit of manual reading is required.

Anyway, according to the RAID setup guide for your board (Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX) at Gigabyte's site as found > here (PDF file), says your board does support RAID 10 (if you wish to use the 4 SSD drives in that configuration).

Point here is the board does 4 drives for RAID configuration. You just have to prep the BIOS and follow the RAID setup instructions. That even if you get a different board, you'll still have to follow instructions as thing may not always be standard.

BTW, you can find manuals and drivers for your Gigabyte board > here. Just click the support link.

Good luck.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
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    Intel i9-9900K
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    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
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    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
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    Radeon VII
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    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
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    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
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    1920 x 1200
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    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
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    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
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    Cooler Master H500M
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    Logitech Craft
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    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
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    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
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    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
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    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
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    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
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    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
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    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
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    Corsair H100i
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    This is my backup system.
I believe I found the source of the problem. According to Intel, the Z790 chipset is not compatible with what I am trying to do.
I ended up ordering a different motherboard with a different chipset.
Link?

And for clarity... what specifically are you trying to do??? Which goes back to my question - which RAID array are you seeking???

 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 (Build 22631.3296)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom built
    CPU
    Intel i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Aorus Z390 Xtreme
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair RGB Dominator Platinum (3600Mhz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon VII
    Sound Card
    Onboard (ESS Sabre HiFi using Realtek drivers)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    NEC PA242w (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung SSD drives: 2X 970 NVME (512 & 1TB), 3X EVO SATA (2X 2TB, 1X 1TB)
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova I000 G2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Cooler Master H500M
    Cooling
    Corsair H115i RGB Platinum
    Keyboard
    Logitech Craft
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    500mb Download. 11mb Upload
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    System used for gaming, photography, music, school.
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    Win 10 Pro 22H2 (build 19045.2130)
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    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-7700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z270X-GAMING 8
    Memory
    32G (4x8) DDR4 Corsair Dominator Platinum (3333Mhz)
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R9 Fury
    Sound Card
    Onboard (Creative Sound Blaster certified ZxRi)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2415 (24 inch)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1200
    Hard Drives
    3 Samsung SSD drives: 1x 512gig 950 NVMe drive (OS drive), 1 x 512gig 850 Pro, 1x 256gig 840 Pro.
    PSU
    EVGA Super Nova 1000 P2 (1000 watt)
    Case
    Phantek Enthoo Luxe
    Cooling
    Corsair H100i
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Keyboard
    Logitech MK 710
    Internet Speed
    100MB
    Browser
    Edge Chromium
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
    Other Info
    This is my backup system.
What version of RAID were they trying to setup. Did they check to see if the board supported such a configuration?

Also there are lots of people claiming to be PC techs, but.... and especially if they're not familiar with modern tech. Th old ways of doing certain things no longer apply, and thus a little bit of manual reading is required.

Anyway, according to the RAID setup guide for your board (Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX) at Gigabyte's site as found > here (PDF file), says your board does support RAID 10 (if you wish to use the 4 SSD drives in that configuration).

Point here is the board does 4 drives for RAID configuration. You just have to prep the BIOS and follow the RAID setup instructions. That even if you get a different board, you'll still have to follow instructions as thing may not always be standard.

BTW, you can find manuals and drivers for your Gigabyte board > here. Just click the support link.

Good luck.
I didn’t want a RAID array or JBOD as neither would result in 4 individual drives.
Also, my IT guy is the real thing! He has a company that maintains severs for many local businesses and even has several hospitals as clients.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro. Version 23H2, Build 10.0.22631
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Elite AX
    Memory
    Corsair Vengeance 64 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 980 Pro M.2 Gen 4 2 Tb
    D: Fantom VM8X20 M.2 Gen 4 $ Tb
    Z: Seagate 8 Tb HDD
    E, F, G, H: WD 14 Tb HDD
    PSU
    Corsair SF-1000L
    Case
    Cooler Master N400 ATX
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D9L Push/Pull
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Internet Speed
    >400 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up.
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
    Other Info
    Not a gamer. Just like tinkering. That has been the reason for many hours of searching for solutions!
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro. Version 22H2, Build 22621
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B560M Aorus Pro mATX
    Memory
    Kingston Fury Beast DDR4 3600 CL18 64 Gb(2-32 Sticks)
    Graphics card(s)
    Vision Tek Radeon 7750SFF
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    43" Samsung. UN43AU8000FF
    Screen Resolution
    4096 X 2160
    Hard Drives
    C: Sabrent Rocket M.2 Gen 4 2 Gb
    D: Samsung 870 QVO 8 Tb SSD
    E: HGST Ultrastar HDD 8 Tb
    PSU
    Rosewill PMG 550
    Case
    Cooler Master N-200 Micro ATX
    Cooling
    Noctura NH-D9L Push-Pull
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX Keys
    Internet Speed
    > 175 Mbps Down, >40 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    McAfee
    Other Info
    Just built it for something to do. Used mostly for backup for important stuff.
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