IDE RAID usage

February 13, 2010 at 08:16:57
Specs: Windows XP, 3.2HT / 2ghz
HI all,

This is the motherboard i have aquired from my friend :

There's an On-board IDE controller and 2 IDE-look-alike "IDE Raid controller???" Have no knowledge about the "raid" thingy.

Initially, i wanted to link up a 80GB hard disk onto IDE1, another 80GB hard disk and a DVDRW onto the "raid" controllers respectively. But they failed to detect both drives.

My question is, are the "raid" controllers able to operate like standard IDE? Or are both the controller faulty?


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February 13, 2010 at 08:26:04
I don't think you can run an optical drive on a RAID controller. You will need at least two HDDs, preferrably identical. Which RAID version do you plan on using? Did you install the RAID drivers?

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February 13, 2010 at 08:29:37
It is very rare to find an IDE RAID controller that will accommodate an optical drive - hard disks only.

If you want to use RAID both hard disk have to be connected to the RAID controller. You cannot have one disk connected to the normal IDE interface and the other to the RAID controller. You should be able to use the RAID controller as another IDE interface and use the hard disk in a conventional manner.

However before you start using RAID I would do some research and find out what RAID actually does. For most home user it is an unnecessary complication that achieves very little.

Whatever you do, steer clear of RAID 0, that is evil.


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February 13, 2010 at 08:37:15
I'm not trying to run any RAID. I just trying to add another hard disk to the system as IDE1 is already filled up with a hard drive and a DVDRW.

Is it possible to attach just one hard disk onto one of the RAID controller?

Next, i just downloaded its manual and found this :

ATA/IDE Configuration
SATA Only [SATA 1/3/2/4]
PATA Pri, SATA Sec [IDE1, SATA2/4]
SATA Pri, PATA Sec [SATA1/3, IDE1]
PATA Only [IDE1]
ATA/IDE Configuration
IDE [IDE1, SATA 1/2/3/4]
AHCI [IDE1, SATA 1/2/3/4]
RAID [IDE1, SATA 1/2/3/4],
[SATA support RAID 0 or 1]

Does it mean that only one IDE controller can be use, and if i need to add more hard disk, i'll need 2 idential hard drive to utilise the RAID controller?

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February 13, 2010 at 09:29:20
That info is for SATA RAID.

According to your manual:

"VIA6410 IDE Raid Controller (Optional)
> Two Ultra DMA 66/100/133 IDE Controllers.
> Supports RAID 0, 1 and 0+1.
> Connect up to 4 Ultra ATA 133 devices."

"IDE1 (Primary IDE Connector)
IDE1 can connect a Master and a Slave drive. You must configure second hard drive to Slave mode by setting the jumper accordingly.
IDE2, IDE3 (Secondary and Third IDE Connector)
IDE2 & IDE3 can also connect a Master and a Slave drive"

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