I will be testing the RevoDrive as a boot drive. Many sites tend to test SSDs as blank storage drives, which is fine as it would give a more uniform set of results across multiple drives. I tend to believe that nobody is buying a high-priced solid state drive as a storage device, but rather as an operating system drive, so I test SSDs accordingly. This gives more of a “real world” feel of how the drive will perform with an OS in place and some files on the drive. That said, the results you see here today will likely be a little slower than those seen at other sites that test on empty drives.
I removed my SATA boot drive before installing the card. If you plan to use a RevoDrive as a boot drive in this manner, you need to make sure your motherboard supports booting from PCI-E. My board had no problem doing this, and as you can see, the BIOS was able to detect the drive under Boot Device Priority.
I also snapped a photo during the boot process where you can enter the RAID utility. Inside the utility, you can delete, rebuild and format the RevoDrive. We also see that the array is using a 64k stripe.
Installing Windows on the RevoDrive is slightly different than a standard drive install since you will need to install device drivers before Windows can recognize the RevoDrive. You can get the latest device drivers from OCZ's website.
After installing the device drivers, Windows detects the RevoDrive and the rest of the process is just like any other.
Let's move ahead and take a look at the testing process.