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    Software Raid

    I was looking to buying two 640GB western digital WD6400AAKS and doing raid 0, but my motherboard doesn't support raid. I will be using 64 bit Vista, does this support software raid? How does this perform compared to a cheap £30 raid card?

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    Re: Software Raid

    You can do RAID through dynamic disks.

    However, dynamic disks are a terrible way of doing software RAID, because AFAIK nothing can read them.
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    Re: Software Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    You can do RAID through dynamic disks.

    However, dynamic disks are a terrible way of doing software RAID, because AFAIK nothing can read them.
    How much of an increase, in performance do you think I would see by going raid? All it will be used for is reading rather than writing.

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    Re: Software Raid

    Why not buy cheap add-on card with raid support ?

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    Re: Software Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by CooperXS View Post
    Why not buy cheap add-on card with raid support ?
    I don't want the card to limit the performance of the raid set-up! Is their any you recommend?

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    Re: Software Raid

    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmage View Post
    How much of an increase, in performance do you think I would see by going raid? All it will be used for is reading rather than writing.
    Depends what you are doing, but in practice I suspect not a lot. Coupled with the fact that if one drive dies, all the data on both drives is likely to be lost it probably isn't worth it for disks you are using for data storage. It maybe worth it for scratch discs that are used for temporary data.
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