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How should I set up three 7200.11's?

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So I'm building my new system, and so far, I've received two of my HDD's and my new OS. Still to come in the mail are my third HDD, the MB, and the new case. Here's my future setup, just for ground work purposes:

eVGA 780i (Special thanks to Ericeod for selling it to me)
DA650
Q6600
T.R.U.E.
Vista Home Premium 64-bit
OCZ 4x2GB 800Mhz RAM (Planning on upgrading to Mushkin XP eventually)
XFX 8800GT XXX Alpha Dog 512MB (Planning on adding 2nd for SLI eventually)
murderMod TJ07 (should arrive beginning of July)
2x 7200.11 500GB
7200.11 1TB

Okay, so I'd like to set up the two 500GB HDD's in RAID 0, and use the 1TB for storage and backup. So how do I do that?

I understand a good RAID controller can make a difference, is the built-in one on my board pretty good, or am I going to have to buy a separate one?

If I do have to buy a separate one, what's a good brand, or what should I look for? I do like the idea of an extra eSATA port for an external drive.

I know for the onboard RAID, it's all in the BIOS. If going with the onboard RAID, are the instructions with the board going to be sufficient for me to set it all up, or am I going to need extra guidance?

What surprises should I prepare myself for with RAID? I just like to know what I'm getting into before I get into it.

Would RAID 0+1 be what I need to get my 1TB drive to be backup for the other two?

Okay, if I think of more questions, I'll add them. Thanks OCN for not getting burnt out with questions that may or may not have already been asked!
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You can't do RAID10 or RAID0+1, since for these arrays you need four identical sized hard drives (four 500GB drives in RAID0+1 result in 1TB storage space with data redundancy).

In your case, since you do RAID0, there is no real need for a dedicated RAID controller. Yes, a dedicated controller will perform better, but is it worth the ~$300 for a quality controller? Imo, it's not.

The instructions that come with the motherboard should be sufficient. Hook up all the drives first, and then in BIOS, you basically set the SATA controller to RAID, and you select which drives are RAID enabled (I am assuming the 780i BIOS is similar to the 680i BIOS in this regards).

After save/reboot, you'll get the RAID controller message, and a key combination to punch to enter the RAID setup utility. Follow instructions, and you should be good to go.

Thus, set up the 500GB's in RAID0, and the 1TB as a single drive. You'll have to manually back files up, or let Windows do it automatically every night. In my opinion, it's ALWAYS better to have a single drive for backup data. That way, that data can be easily tranferred to another computer (which might not recognize your RAID array).
    
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Wow, thanks so much for the speedy answer Chozart. Although it's not fair that you gave me such a good answer before someone else had a chance, because that was TOTALLY worth a rep, lol.

Kidding aside, thanks. I was actually thinking that, I just needed some confirmation. I wasn't sure if I was able to RAID 0+1 with the 1TB split into 2 partitions. But my plan was to have 1TB of working space in RAID 0, then the 1TB of storage/backup. I'll probably just tell Windows to do it nightly or something. I like to read instructions and manuals, so I'll probably be ablt to figure it out myself. Of course, I say that now. Just wait until I get started, I'll probably have a bunch of questions about something I did wrong, lol! I can't wait until all my stuff comes in!
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Sounds good to me.

The issue is that RAID0+1 needs four PHYSICAL drives. The RAID array is build before partitioning takes place. Thus, two physical drives and two logical drives won't work (since the RAID controller only recognizes the physical drives, and doesn't care about whatever partitions you have on them: when you build the array, it'll delete them anyways).

In many cases, a RAID array is a perfect solution, and you'll often see RAID5, RAID6, RAID10, RAID0+1 or any of their variants used in server environments. However, for enthusiasts like us who change hardware quite often, it's recommended to keep data on a single drive (at least a backup that is). When you upgrade again, and you happen to get a board that doesn't recognize your RAID array... what to do with 500GB+ of data With a single drive, just plug it in and it's there.
    
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