setting up raid using ide and sata

Asus K8n-e deluxe motherboard
March 19, 2011 at 03:08:59
Specs: Windows XP Home SP3, AMD Athlon 64/2.50g ram
I have an Asus K8N-E deluxe mb that supports both types of drives. I had a raid-0 setup with all eide type drives. 1 80g for the os and other programs, 2 x 200g for the raid. One of the raid drives failed so I wanted to replace them. When I ordered the drives, I did not read the description properly and ended up with 2 x 250g sata drives. My master, the 80g, is eide. Can I set up my raid-0 again using these sata drives in conjunction with the 80g eide? I contacted the place I bought them from and it's taking forever to get a return authorization so I can send them back and get the eide drives I thought I was getting in the first place, so if I can make use of the ones I have, that would be better.

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March 19, 2011 at 03:53:32
There is no reason why you cannot use SATA if your motherboard SATA controller supports the raid configuration. There are very good reasons why you should not use a RAID 0 configuration at all. You have already experienced the situation where one disk in your RAID 0 setup failed and you lost 400gb of data. Now you propose setting up 2x250gb drives in a similar high risk arrangement. If you really need a single drive of 500gb why not just buy one? Better yet buy two and set them in a RAID 1 mirrored array. That way if you suffer another drive failure you will lose nothing since the mirrored disk will contain everything.

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March 19, 2011 at 17:50:40
You know, after all the stuff I read about Raid drives, I agree with you. I decided later in the day that I really didn't want to set up a Raid again. So, I set out to make use of these 2 drives. The manual says the motherboard supports either type but I can't figure out how to get them to work. I cloned my current 200 g drive to one of them (all data) and cloned the 80g to the other (all my programs). The program drive won't boot. I went into the Bios and it all looked fine. The data drive works great when connected to the 80g eide, so that one is fine. I looked in the manual for info on how to set up sata but there isn't any. I feel the need to replace these drives because they are old (about 12 years worth) which is why I think the first one died. Any help would be appreciated. My system was built by someone I am no longer in contact with and I really want to do this myself.

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