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    Setting up RAID

    Hi all, my first proper post.

    I have recently built a new rig based on an Asus P5B Deluxe motherboard running Vista home premium. To increase disk capacity and speed, I a thinking about getting a new identical hdd and setting up a raid. My understanding from the confusing manual is that there are two ways to do this using Intel Matrix or JMicron.

    My first question (assuming I am correct) is which one is the best?

    My second question is having loaded a lot of software, is there an easy way to back up the data, set up the raid and restore the backup, so I don’t have to reinstall everything? I do have a NAS drive attached to my router which may help.

    Thanks for any help or advice.

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    Not sure on the Mobo mate but this link should answer all your RAID question

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redunda...ependent_disks
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    don't make a raid, if your just using it for storing data on you dont really need it unless it is VERY valuable data

    just set it JBOD (just a bunch of disks) if you have to otherwise do not use the raid, it will no doubt cause you a lot of bother if you havent already set it up
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    I personally love raid, had a raid 0 striped array for 3.5 years as my boot drive with no problems whatsoever. In fact, I only pulled it from my system 2 weeks ago as it was PATA drives with SATA dongles and I bought a new 250gb Spinpoint to eliminate the bottleneck.

    Have used various RAID flavors over the years for redundancy or speed reasons, but have never had major problems other than failed disks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finlay666 View Post
    don't make a raid, if your just using it for storing data on you dont really need it unless it is VERY valuable data

    just set it JBOD (just a bunch of disks) if you have to otherwise do not use the raid, it will no doubt cause you a lot of bother if you havent already set it up
    erm... he's talking about RAID 0, which is the exact opposite - should only be used for worthless data

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    if you can go for a raid 5 and a decent hardware controller. you will see the speed difference.
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    hm, technically software raid is faster on low-workload machines

    a 3ghz processor is faster than a 333mhz processor

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