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I see....identical...but damn, why four??

This means 2 more Seagate Baracudda 320GB drives...since I have 2 already >.<]

Also another thing...Chozart, last time in my new rig thread, you told me to set everything up and then set the RAID array [if I mistaken, whatever, doesn't matter lol]. How should I actually set it up? I know when you install the OS, you can do it right in the beginning with a floppy or something similiar like that. Is there an FAQ or How To ...for this..
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Why 4 in RAID1+1
The second pair are a "Mirrior" of the 2 HDDs they back up so they must be the same size, model, etc.. 4 identical is strongly recommended.
    
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RAID0+1 requires four drives (two for each RAID0 array which then are configured in a RAID1 array).
    
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RAID0+1

Understood
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Originally Posted by dannyyboii
Also another thing...Chozart, last time in my new rig thread, you told me to set everything up and then set the RAID array [if I mistaken, whatever, doesn't matter lol]. How should I actually set it up? I know when you install the OS, you can do it right in the beginning with a floppy or something similiar like that. Is there an FAQ or How To ...for this..
Not sure about FAQ, but here we go:
  1. intall all hardware
  2. boot and enter BIOS
  3. set SATA controller to RAID
  4. save and exit BIOS
  5. after POST, you'll get a popup from the RAID controller; hit the key combination mentioned to enter it (<CTRL>+<I> or something like that)
  6. Build the array in the RAID controller utility
  7. save settings, exit, reboot
  8. boot with Windows CD
  9. hit F6 when prompted. This is basically the first thing it does (on the bottom of the screen). Nothing seems to happen at first
  10. Let Windows do it's thing; you'll be asked for the diskette with RAID drivers
  11. after loading drivers, Windows should be on its happy way.
The floppy eitehr comes with the motherboard, or you can make one booting from the CD that comes with the motherboard.
    
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now I have a pretty good image of what to do. For step 5, you said after POST. What's "POST?" Another acronym?
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POST is the initial phase of booting up the computer (the black letters BIOS spits out to you). POST = Power-On Self Test
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jbusta
Chozart:

Can you answer the following for me?

I have 2x 36.7gb raptors, 16mb cache and Im going to raid them.

I plan on having a partition for OS & Apps, and a partition for Games.

Would I get better performance using a regular raid and just split the partitions, or use an intel matrix raid, and set up 2 separate drives?

Here it shows some bench marks off Sandra, File Systems

I am running 4 x 36 raptors 16mb cache raid -0-. And it shows the a comparison with 2 of them too..
Depending on what games you play. I play Battlefiled 2 it helps load maps very very fast and having low latency memory helps as well.
    
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