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    How would I go about RAID?

    I just found a couple of 40gb Maxtors (IDE) and I thought I'd have a play with RAID0 (mainly to see if my Raptor is faster ). I'm faily sure my motherboard supports RAID but I have no idea where to start .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindMelon7 View Post
    I just found a couple of 40gb Maxtors (IDE) and I thought I'd have a play with RAID0 (mainly to see if my Raptor is faster ). I'm faily sure my motherboard supports RAID but I have no idea where to start .

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    If they are IDE drives then raid isnt going to happen for you im afriad.

    RAID is for SATA drives.

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    you'll need some raid drivers installed - you may have them already, you may not. windows tends to have non-raid drivers for most onboard disk controllers these days - raid functions are emulated by a driver, but that driver needs installing separately

    you'd then use your raid controller's gui to set up a raid pair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    If they are IDE drives then raid isnt going to happen for you im afriad.

    RAID is for SATA drives.
    um... what?

    raid predates sata by something approaching eleventy billion years.

    i have a spare ide raid controller in a box

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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex View Post
    um... what?

    raid predates sata by something approaching eleventy billion years.

    i have a spare ide raid controller in a box
    If you bought the controller then yes.
    It would better to flog the 2 ides on auction and get satas.

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    Does this board support ide raid? It will support sata raid but ide may not be an option.

    What maxtors are they? Are they Diamondmax 8 or 9's? if so then two of those would be faster than the older 34gb Raptor except perhaps for access time, heck even your 250GB Seagate (I'm presuming it's a 7200.7 or 7200.8) is pretty close for raw read/write speeds

    You can actually use software raid in windows xp if you make the disks dynamic drives in the disk management section of computer management, what kind of overheads there would be in software mode I don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamGarside View Post
    You can actually use software raid in windows xp if you make the disks dynamic drives in the disk management section of computer management, what kind of overheads there would be in software mode I don't know.
    pretty much the same as in "hardware" driver-emulated mode

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamGarside View Post
    Does this board support ide raid?
    I'm not sure exactly, the ECS site is temporarily dead.

    The drives are old Fireball 3s.

    BTW my Raptor is noticeably faster than my seagate (by about 10 secs loading windows)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindMelon7 View Post
    I'm not sure exactly, the ECS site is temporarily dead.

    The drives are old Fireball 3s.

    BTW my Raptor is noticeably faster than my seagate (by about 10 secs loading windows)
    Like I said they would only be close in straight read/write operations, something like loading windows where lots of smaller files are being accessed would benefit from the raptor.

    And I doubt very much that even in raid those fireballs would come close, they probably have a peak read/write speed of around 25mb/s or so individually.

    One thing they are useful for though is how quiet they are, you probably haven't noticed over that industrial drill sounding raptor but they are ideal drives for an HTPC system.
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    are raptors really that loud? Mehh putting me off wanting to have one..

    what are those 10k rpm seagate or is it samsung drives like?

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    I can't hear my Raptor because I have a cheap as hell 80mm fan 2x120mm good fans and 4 old hds (in addition to the seagate and the raptor) that I use for much needed extra space.
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    It's all subjective, I would personally go crazy from the noise of a raptor. Their idle noise isn't actually that bad especially considering it a 10k rpm drive, typically in line with your average 7200 rpm drive. But the seek noises are like shoveling gravel to my ear.
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    No one stopping you from using Linux/Windows software RAID0 Doesn't need motherboard / controller support at all.

    I would agree, you could probably sell 4x40GB and buy a brand new 200G which is faster and bigger
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    If you do stick those drives on ebay make sure you make a point of their being quiet 5400 rpm drives that support AAM to catch HTPC/Media PC builders eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blitzen View Post
    If you bought the controller then yes.
    It would better to flog the 2 ides on auction and get satas.
    Thought NVRAID supported IDE..
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    Quote Originally Posted by dangel View Post
    Thought NVRAID supported IDE..
    Nvraid for Nvidia chipsets, his is ATI.
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