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When setting up raid 1 do can you use sata drives?
    
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Yes, as long your motherboard supports SATA and SATA RAID (most current boards do, except for some budget ones... some exceptions apply.. read my FAQ on Core 2 Duo boards and RAID).

Setting up RAID1 is pretty easy with most boards. You will loose any and all data before you do so though
    
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can you do it without?

lol.

IDE RAID is sketchy at best...and SCSI is expensive and barely anyone has it.

But why do you wanna do RAID 1 anyway? There's no performance increase.
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can you do it without?

lol.

IDE RAID is sketchy at best...and SCSI is expensive and barely anyone has it.

But why do you wanna do RAID 1 anyway? There's no performance increase.
That is my question. What do you recommend? Is the raid 1 actually good for home use. Is any raid good for home use? It will have farm data that is important. Would it be just as good to have two hard drives and do regular backups to it and once in awhile to backup to dvd.
    
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If you have important data, a RAID1 set up is better than doing regular backups manually.

A RAID1 set up is a mirror set up. Thus, both hard drives will have IDENTICAL content. If one fails, the other one will take over... you'll get a message that the array is broken, but you will still have ALL your data. With back ups you will loose the data you have not backed up yet in case of disk failure.

Also, with a RAID1 array, when a disk fails, it's fairly simple to replace the broken disk. The computer will automatically reconstruct the RAID1 array, and thus you will have data security again.

RAID1 definately is the way to go for data security.

I checked on the Epox board in your system specs, and it does support RAID1. Thus, you can get two SATA hard drives, and build a RAID1 array.

However, in either case, I'd still do back ups to DVD You never know if some catastrophic events might take out both drives.
    
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After doing a lot more reading on the subject I have come to the conclusion that raid 1 is not all that safe and there are still issues that can cause you to lose your info. The safest to me is to have two hard drives and a seperate backup partition and also back up to dvd. What is the best backup software out there?
    
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Raid 0 man =)
Or.... Drop 4 SATA srives in and so a RAID 5 setup

Here's the types of RAID and their functions....

http://www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/koren/a...basicRAID.html
    
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After doing a lot more reading on the subject I have come to the conclusion that raid 1 is not all that safe and there are still issues that can cause you to lose your info. The safest to me is to have two hard drives and a seperate backup partition and also back up to dvd. What is the best backup software out there?
If you have important data that is only periodically updated.... spare HD and occassional DVD burner is better. RAID1 doesn't protect your data from physical theft, flooding, tornados, or power surges. Norton Ghost is a great HD back up software and is often on sale.
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I have decided now to raid. I am going for it as a new adventure. I do want to ask this question though. I went through the step of starting the raid in bios and then went through the setup where it finally said healthy raid. I am doing a mirror raid. Anyway I have done the stuff needed like os cd and pushing f6 to install raid drivers like needed. It is now installing the os. My question is do I need to initialize the discs after this is all done. This is a brand new machine with a brand new install.
    
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