Hi there, With regard to Intel’s “Smart Response” and a Gigabyte Z77 board the manual states, “If you have installed the operating system before configuring the Smart Response Technology, all original data on the hard disk will be lost once you enable RAID mode. It is recommended that you back up the hard disk before enabling the Smart Response Technology.” At what point would the data become lost should you make the mistake of not enabling RAID first? Does this mean that it becomes completely inaccessible as a result? Hypothetically, if I was to use that same computer to clone a drive belonging to another PC and I inadvertently forgot to disable RAID in the bios before cloning it, would I lose the data on that drive too or does it have to start running into Windows first before that can happen? I ask because I have from time to time cloned a hard drive and I would dread a mishap like that to occur, all because I forgot to disable RAID. Is it really that easy to mess up a hard drive? Also, if the SSD with the cached files ever became faulty, would the main hard drive become inaccessible as a result? Would it be just a case of fitting a new SSD to put it right or would it all need setting up again from scratch? I hope I have understood this correctly. I have never used “Smart Response” or RAID before, so I would appreciate some information. Thank you. Jim.