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Hey, I got a pair of raptors on the way!

This is my first time setting up a raid 0. I was hoping you guys could give me some pointers.

I want to pull my old hard drive while setting up the new ones, then install the old one after complete (so I will not lose any data). I'm hoping this will not be a problem, being that my old HD has a IDE cable.

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Well I found this....
First, get a floppy ready with the RAID drivers; you'll need it for Windows installation. Either a floppy disk with those drivers came with the mobo, or you can make one using the CD that came with the motherboard (I had an ASUS board, and I could boot from the CD, automatically launching the utility to make this diskette).

Then,

1. Get into BIOS
2. Set SATA controller to RAID
3. Save settings and exit BIOS... reboot
4. Enter RAID utility (key combination should be given, probably <CTRL> + <I> or something like that)
5. Set up the RAID array you want (RAID0)
6. Exit the utility, and reboot again
7. Boot from Windows CD... setup will start
8. Immediately you'll be promped to hit F6... do so. nothing seems to happen
9. Windows starts install, loading drivers
10. Windows asks for diskette with RAID drivers
11. Load drivers from diskette
12. Install happily ever after

But I'm unsure what strip size to use and wondering what the latest driver is for my on board controller?

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post #3 of 7
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Well, I have found my lastest driver for the raid controller.

I have found all kinds of opinions on the strip size.

Now, I'm assuming that while loading windows it will promp me about formatting the hard drives just like it did before only using one hard drive though.

Nothing like adventuring into a new realm, hopefully things will go smoothly!
     
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My 2x 160GB Samsung Spinpoints SATA2 3.0Gb/s in RAID-0
http://uk.geocities.com/m_hill2029/RAID0.jpg
 
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yeah, once you set up the RAID array then everything works just like normal. Windows views the array as a single hdd
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post #6 of 7
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I was wondering how Windows would look at the set up.

I'm assuming that I will still need to defrag on stuff.

I think I have everything I need to get it together. I found alot of helpful info in the forums around here and online. Fedex should have my new hardrives here tomorrow, so I will try to get started tomorrow night hopefully. I also need to swap my floppy drive and add another memory stick. Hope I don't forget to grab some cables from work either!
     
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post #7 of 7
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OK I got my raid set up. It is working and fast!

Now, I was wondering, I have 2 150 gig hard drives, should it show up as 300 gig or 150 gig?

Thanks
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