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As the title asks, is it possible to use a RAID card to run my hard drives etc as they as if they were connected straight into the motherboard?

I ask this because I recently got a cooler for my graphics card and it will block the SATA ports on my motherboard. (It's 4 1/2 slots).
     
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Absolutely, and quite often an addon raid controller will be better than what you had onboard.
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Absolutely, and quite often an addon raid controller will be better than what you had onboard.

this, im working on procuring myself a perc 5i card from dell....its good to know people who work there sometimes......
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yeap, without issues, move the driver on an USB drive if you plan to use it as a controller of your Primary drive thumb.gif
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yeap, without issues, move the driver on an USB drive if you plan to use it as a controller of your Primary drive thumb.gif

Which drivers sorry? Never had to deal with RAID cards before so I'm an absolute noob at all this.
     
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When you install your OS (Windows, whatever), you will want to provide the installer with the specific drivers for that raid card. That ensures that Windows knows how to handle the raid controller at the most basic level. Windows includes most of the default Intel/AMD ones, but you will need to supply your particular raid card's drivers via a USB stick or (ugh) floppy drive.
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When you install your OS (Windows, whatever), you will want to provide the installer with the specific drivers for that raid card. That ensures that Windows knows how to handle the raid controller at the most basic level. Windows includes most of the default Intel/AMD ones, but you will need to supply your particular raid card's drivers via a USB stick or (ugh) floppy drive.

Since I'm not planning on reinstalling, I guess I would install the drivers before plugging in the harddrives to the card (keep them plugged into the mobo whilst the drivers install), then when that's done, turn off, move sata cables to RAID card then it should be sweet?
     
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Since I'm not planning on reinstalling, I guess I would install the drivers before plugging in the harddrives to the card (keep them plugged into the mobo whilst the drivers install), then when that's done, turn off, move sata cables to RAID card then it should be sweet?

If you're running Windows 7, there's a good chance that will be fine. I think the issue is that Windows decides to use its own "generic" RAID driver if it wasn't installed with the specific RAID controller driver, but if you're not RAID'ing, then there should not be a problem. You will also need to tell your BIOS to choose to boot to the RAID controller instead, since it will try booting to the old location of your HD first.
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As the title asks, is it possible to use a RAID card to run my hard drives etc as they as if they were connected straight into the motherboard?

I ask this because I recently got a cooler for my graphics card and it will block the SATA ports on my motherboard. (It's 4 1/2 slots).
What you need are right-angle or left-angle SATA cables.

http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/154989/SATA24LA1/nGear%20Technologies%20Inc./

Save yourself the expense and hassle of trying to move your drives over to a dedicated RAID controller. Buy yourself some $1.50 cables and you're gold. tongue.gif

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What you need are right-angle or left-angle SATA cables.
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/154989/SATA24LA1/nGear%20Technologies%20Inc./
Save yourself the expense and hassle of trying to move your drives over to a dedicated RAID controller. Buy yourself some $1.50 cables and you're gold. tongue.gif
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I've got right angle connectors. The issue is my case is rather small and the cooler might not give enough space for the cables to bend towards the hard drives. I'm planning on installing the cooler today to see how it goes though.
     
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