Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Gouk, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. Gouk

    Gouk Guest

    What is the difference between a RAID and non-RAID motherboard?

    Thanks :)
  2. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    A raid is..........

    An example (but not the only one) of RAID is that you can use several
    physical drives and using the RAID technology you can combine them
    together, appearing you have one big drive. Say you have three 2GB
    drives and you have to choose what you put on which drive and if one
    drive fills up, you have to start putting data on a differnet drive.
    Using RAID you could make it appear that you have one big 6Gb drive (3 2GB
    drives makes a 6GB drive) as far as the OS is concerned.

    This is a simplification, but it should give an idea what you can do
    with RAID.

    A differnet example is mirroring: you have two or more drives and each
    contains exactly the same information. If you write a file, it actually
    gets written on all three disks. Now imagine the primary disk crashes.
    The RAID system notices this and one of the other backup disks take
    over. Since they contain exactly the same information there shouldn't be
    data loss (or at least very minimal) and the system can continue to do
    whatever it is doing without any downtime
  3. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    Forgot to say

    If you have raid you can do the above if not you cannot unless you buy a seperate pci card which then adds raid
  4. redhook

    redhook Guest

    Not true, XP and 2K has software support for RAID like use of hard drives.
  5. BonyTony

    BonyTony Moderator

    Mmm short reply

    Can you add more to your short message....thanks.

    oh like some detail..or a link where i can read about it cheers
  6. redhook

    redhook Guest

    You do it in the Computer Managment mmc. If you click on the desktop and hit F1 I'm pretty sure there are complete instructions on doing this, should be on too.
  7. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

    Not true, XP and 2K has software support for RAID like use of hard drives.

    Um, I'm running XP Home, and there is almost no info in Help about RAID (an entry in the glossary, prettyl much) and ms support also only has a few esoteric articles on subject.

    Your post makes it sound as if you almost knew what you were saying...can you please elaborate on it a little bit?
  8. eGoalter

    eGoalter Guest


    this is all cause xp and raid arent getting along just yet and ms doesnt want to admit it.......:rolleyes: