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To have or not to have?! (RAID)

Eproxus

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#1
I've decided to go for an Asus A7V333 motherboard, but with or without RAID? If someone could explain what exactly RAID is and how it work, I'd appreciate it!

I know that it is used for having several disks, but what are the pros and cons? I'm a regular home user (playing games, programming a little and some file-swapping) with need for a somewhat large storage. I have two hds now, but might go for more (which is impossible without RAID?)...

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

//Adam
 

Taurus

hardware monkey
#2
i think raid is always a worthwhile feature on a mobo. simply because otherwise the most amount of drives you'll be able to have will be 4. with a raid controller, you can have 8.

you can use the raid channels simply as extra ide channels... or you can set up an array with 2 or more harddrives hooked up to it. there is a striping array (raid 0) which is for performance... and a mirroring array (raid 1) which is for reliability.

i just woke up and don't feel like going itno detail right now, so someone else will be along shortly who will make sense of it all. }:>
 
#3
If you want to add more disks soon I suggest you get a RAID board and use the RAID channels as normal IDE channels like taurus said. Using a RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup for additional storage is pretty pointless.

If you don't get the RAID board you'll have to get a PCI IDE controller card when you run out if IDE ports.
 

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