HP Pavilion HPE-500f Raid 0

August 19, 2011 at 14:49:19
Specs: Windows XP
Hi everyone, I'm not sure if this belongs in the BIOS section or this section, but I think this is the right one.

I recently purchased an HP Pavilion Elite HPE-500f, and I am not (easily) able to configure two drives in Raid 0. By that, I mean that I do not even know where to start. On an older system, I would just need to press CTRL + I and I would be able to configure two drives as a Raid 0. I have pressed every single option on the HP startup splash screen, but not a sign of a menu to configure a Raid 0. Has anyone had any luck in configuring a recent HP into a Raid 0, or even 1?

System specs are below if needed:

AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.7GHz
8GB DDR3 1333
Western Digital 1.5TB 5400RPM SATA
AMD Radeon HD 6450
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Also, if I cannot configure two drives as Raid 0 from the bios, is it possible to, say, install windows on one drive, and then install some sort driver to "attach" one drive to that drive to make it a Raid 0? If so, can someone point me to the right raid driver? From my understanding, I think it's an AMD driver? But I don't know enough to know which one to get.

Sorry if this post is a bit unorganized, I will clarify anything if needed. Thank you.

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August 19, 2011 at 15:43:11
Not all BIOSs support RAID.

RAID 0 is usually not a good idea on a desktop system. The rather modest performance gains under real world conditions usually do not offset the disadvantages.

Once Windows is installed there is no possible way to change it to a RAID 0 configuration. This would require a clean install of the OS and all applications.

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August 19, 2011 at 16:38:07
Hey, it's a Walmart special!


I don't see anything mentioned about RAID. Did you read the manual?


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