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I would like to know more about RAID, because very soon, I will be building a rig, and I would like to know what it takes to set it up, what problems may come up and why, and if there is any BIOS or software installations or such, or just plug them togoether and boot.

It would be nice if someone made a FAQ on it too
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I would like to know more about RAID, because very soon, I will be building a rig, and I would like to know what it takes to set it up, what problems may come up and why, and if there is any BIOS or software installations or such, or just plug them togoether and boot.

It would be nice if someone made a FAQ on it too
Haven't made a FAQ yet... but the rundown is pretty simple.

Stuff you need:
  • Motherboard that supports RAID, either over the southbridge or on a secondary controller. Preferably over the southbridge.
  • Two or more SATA hard drives
  • For Windows XP, a floppy drive and a blank floppy. For Vista, you won't need that
Setting up RAID:
  • In BIOS, set the SATA controller to RAID and, if that's an option, set the participating SATA ports to RAID also. Save and exit.
  • After POST, you'll see a message from the RAID controller bootrom and a key combination to enter it. Hit the key(s).
  • In the Bootrom, build your array. Choose the type, disks, etc. Save/exit/reboot.
  • Start Windows installation from the CD or DVD.
  • If XP, you'll immediately get a message to hit F6 to install SCSI/RAID drivers. Hit F6.. nothing seems to happen, but that's normal.
  • XP loads drivers... after a while it will ask for the floppy. Feed the floppy, select the driver that you need (32bit or 64bit).
  • Install happily ever after.
    
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Ok, for the most part:

w/ on board RAID (which is what you'll probably use), your good options are:
RAID 0: performance
RAID 1: data security

Don't use anything else with on board, otherwise you run into issues later on. 99% of people here who set up RAID use 0 or 1 though, so on board works for them.

If you're willing to spend $300+ on a hardware RAID card, then you have all kinds of options.
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Ok, for the most part:

w/ on board RAID (which is what you'll probably use), your good options are:
RAID 0: performance
RAID 1: data security

Don't use anything else with on board, otherwise you run into issues later on. 99% of people here who set up RAID use 0 or 1 though, so on board works for them.

If you're willing to spend $300+ on a hardware RAID card, then you have all kinds of options.

Well, sicne I am not planing on it now, I was thinking I get it when I build my next rig. The thing is, I need to know what kind of board should I be looking for, I need an AMD
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Well, sicne I am not planing on it now, I was thinking I get it when I build my next rig. The thing is, I need to know what kind of board should I be looking for, I need an AMD
Almost all chipset support RAID now. All gaming/enthusist motherboard do.
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On the AMD side you'll be fine.

On the Intel side there are some chipsets that don't support RAID, most notably the ICH8. However, most boards with that chipset have a secondary RAID controller that supports 2-disk RAID0 and RAID1.
    
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Hewlett, when you buy your mobo, look in the specifications, you should see the RAID support there. If you don't, then it probably does not have support.

2-disk support should be sufficient for what you will most likely be doing.

Ask for a recommendation in the "AMD Motherboards" section. I can't give any advice as I'm an Intel user.
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