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I have 2 160g Ide HDD 1 WD other maxtor or would it be better to have the same manufacture? I would like to try raid and see how i like that, could anyone give me a little help? I understand how it works but don't know how to set it up. I am going to have to reformat and install the raid drivers when it asks for 3rd party drivers,is that right?How would i set the jumpers on the drives? would this mean i would have 320g of HDD space?
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Hi

You really need to give us a bit more info, so that we can provide you the help you need, but I'll try.

From you talk about jumpers, I asume its ATA disks, so:

Yes the best result is with two identical disks.

Yes you should load Raid-drivers using F6, then the new disk (the array) needs to be formatted like any other blank disk. Before that, you need to set up the array in raid-bios, raid tool, or similar. Don't know wich you have, but it's a sub-part of your bios, if it's an onboard raid controller.

Yes you will have one big disk of 320Gb, and hopefully a lot faster too, if stripping (raid-0). If you want the safety instead, you only have one 160Gb disk. The other one becomes "invisible" as it is just a mirror of the other.

Concidder this. Raid, and fast disks is good for the bootdisk (OS). Unless you are using the other disks (storage) for some HD intensive stuff like video editing, there is no reason for it there.

Now the trouble here is, that you want to use ATA disks. I have no idea on how to set that up jumperwise, but I do believe your manual can help you out. But I know you would be much better off with SATA2, or SATA1 if that's what your Mobo supports. A single 80Gb SATA2 disk will be a close match to a set of ATA's in raid-0.

My recomendation would be to use your ATA disks for storage, and if you want to try raid, then go for two small SATA drives. It's cheap, and really fast. You can read tests of different Raid-0 arrays, and single disks by following the link in my Sig. I will add a test of an older 120Gb ATA disk today for comparison.

Hope this helps
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thanks Skipper,
You prettymuch answered all my questions. I've seen alot of post about people have problems with sata drives and overclocking.I have a gang of ATA DDS and have been thinking about what to do with um.I really don't do anything on this computer of real value that would need alot of harddrive speed i just wanted to try something different, so back to the master/slave
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