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RAID controller just for SATAIII

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Hi,

I got a couple questions about SATA III and RAID controllers in general.

(a) is it worth getting a RAID controller to have my crucial m4 run in SATA III (my board only has SATA II)?
(b) do I need to hookup all my HDDs and my DVD-ROM to the controller or can I use the one on my mainboard as well?
(c) do I have to reinstall stuff or do I simply plug the controller in and plug in all mit stuff?


I would need to be able to hook up the m4 SSD, 2 normal HDDs and 1 DVD-ROM,
budget wise I would like to not spend more the 40-50€, otherwise I could just as well get a new board.

thanks in advance
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(a) is it worth getting a RAID controller to have my crucial m4 run in SATA III (my board only has SATA II)?
 
The only advantage you would get is sequential access, which is only used when reading or writing large files (say copying DVDs regularly). For normal internet browsing or the like, you should not notice any real difference. If you have much money to spend and are a benchmark junkie, then defininately. But since you only have one drive and 50€, I would recommend not bothering.
 
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(b) do I need to hookup all my HDDs and my DVD-ROM to the controller or can I use the one on my mainboard as well?
 
No, you can connect as much stuff to either the mobo or RAID controller as you want. Some RAID controllers have a firmware limitation that requires at least one drive connected (or presumably you wouldn't need the card) to operate. In any case, one SSD on the RAID controller and the rest on the mobo will be fine.
 
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(c) do I have to reinstall stuff or do I simply plug the controller in and plug in all mit stuff?
 
No it should be plug and play, provided you do not require RAID. However this is not a guarantee (varies for each controller), and a backup in case things go bad is suggested.

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