Raid 0 and Windows 7

Asus A7n8x amd athlon/duron/xp
March 2, 2010 at 18:21:10
Specs: Windows 7, amd 2500+ 2gb 3200
I have a 300gb SATA hard drive as well as two 120gb IDE hard drives. Is it possible to Raid 0 the three hard drives? Or do the drives need to be all SATA / all IDE in order for this to work?

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March 2, 2010 at 18:55:22
Raid 0 allows increased performance by dividing the saving across multiple drives so it completes any save operation (or read operation) in less time. It is at it's most efficient when all drives are identical. You will need a Raid controller either on your motherboard or as a Raid PCI card. Without even looking, I doubt you will find support for IDE and SATA on the same card/board, but it would blow out any efficiency you would have gained. Remember that with Raid 0, you get no redundancy, no back up, no data security. If one drive fails, you have nothing!! I would recommend invest in a FAST drive with a larger buffer (SATA) and partition intelligently (operating system w/utilities; programs; data) and use you other SATA drive for back up. Or use your current SATA drive as above with one of your PATA drives for back up. IF you must go with Raid 0, use identical drives and research the best controller for your needs. AND consider some form of back up or alternate RAID that is more redundant.

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March 3, 2010 at 13:25:57
It may be possible with software raid. At one time they results were rather dismal. I doubt there has been any improvement but might search it.

They also make faux or soft raid controllers that will use different sized drives but they do need to be the same so you'd have to either get a sata to ide for one or the other to do that.

It is best to get a full hardware raid controller on a fast channel like pci-x or pci-express. That way your backplane doesn't limit speeds.

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March 3, 2010 at 21:31:46
It can be done with software raid I have done it. As stated above though in Raid O if one drive fails you may not be able to get at any of your data or programs. I have done that too!!! To be honest if the computer is being used purely for personal use and not serious business purposes then you really won't see much of an increase in perfomance. I would research what space you need and partition your sata drive as recomended above and use the IDE drives for backup but that's just my opinion. It really depends on why you need raid in the first place.


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