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ok since I notice if i have a raid capable motherboard xp gives me the option to turn HDs into dynamic disk. which can be used as Raid....my question is...does it actually use the raid chipset to make that happen or does windows take it upon it self to control how its read.....cause soon I'll want my data on the raid...but dont want to put anything on there if they are not compatiable to each other. Oh and I'm using the Computer managment console to do this through disk management also.

pic included to see what I'm talking about. I would rather use Uli's raid controller but wonder if this is a problem...if so oh well... +rep for anyone for contributions
 
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ok since I notice if i have a raid capable motherboard xp gives me the option to turn HDs into dynamic disk. which can be used as Raid....my question is...does it actually use the raid chipset to make that happen or does windows take it upon it self to control how its read.....cause soon I'll want my data on the raid...but dont want to put anything on there if they are not compatiable to each other. Oh and I'm using the Computer managment console to do this through disk management also.

pic included to see what I'm talking about. I would rather use Uli's raid controller but wonder if this is a problem...if so oh well... +rep for anyone for contributions
no this is a software based raid configuration, your chipset will be used if you make a raid and configure the disks with the controller on your motherboard, (enable raid in CMOS settings) and you will have a hardware based raid configuration......... the two dont work together......
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That's software RAID. Usually your motherboard chipset is a software RAID as well...but it'll be better than Windows. It will at least use the chipset.

Real hardware RAID requires a controller card separate from the mobo, usually pci.
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