So, after some digging on the router-connected-intranets, an obvious response regarding SSD firmware and RAID is "update the firmware before establishing the RAID array." Simple enough (duh), moving along.
Sandforce says drives must be updated with OEM specific firmware
. Sandforce does not provide firmware for each device, but rather works with the OEMs to tailor each OEM's respective firmwares. Neat.
Over on some EVGA forums, other users claim to have done it
, but with like drives. The process required breaking up the array, performing the firmware update, and then reassembling the array.OCZ
also offer similar guidance on performing the procedure, again with like drives.Comments from one site
call the idea of even doing something like this (different controllers, but the concept of different firmwares is the same) a "recipe for disaster."
Yet, rhetorical questions still remain: is there a substantial performance improvement in daily tasks from RAID-ing two SSDs; is RAID kind of a headache to establish if you have problems; is the time spent remedying these problems worth the time saved by having an SSD RAID-0 setup; etc.
So, my mildly-informed opinion is that updating the firmware on drives of different manufactures is possible, absolutely and in a RAID configuration. However, it's probably not worth my time to setup a RAID-0 array with SSDs, as I probably won't realize the peak performance increase during the majority of my time using said array. Maybe an odd benchmark here or there would enlarge my head, but the daily use thing is what I'm interested in. Plus, so many non-power users and even uber-high-end-power users report the noticeable speed increase by going from HDD to SSD is tangible and "worth the money." So, I think I'll go with the a single 120GB Force GT instead of trying the method in this thread's subject. Heck, Black Friday is less than two weeks away anyway; maybe I'll catch a wicked deal on a 120GB, or something large even!
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