Need help Current status of Raid Arrays technology
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July 6, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Windows does not "support" RAID. RAID is supported by the chipset and drivers of the motherboard or add on card you choose.
All Windows "sees" is a HD.
You *could* probably use HDs of different sizes and speeds but the RAID array is going to build off the size of the smallest and slowest drive you've got. You're also probably just begging for issues.
Intel's version of RAID in their chipsets are actually pretty decent and works surprisingly well for software RAID. At this point that's the one you should probably use. Go into the BIOS and turn the SATA mode from AHCI to RAID and you're halfway there already. Intel RAID has great support and windows will see the 4 (or whatever) combined drives very simply as one regular HD with no action on your part.
FYI: I'm running RAID5 on my Windows 7 setup and it's accelerated using an SSD again using Intel's software - I find that it's measures better than just using RAID alone and not just in speed.
2nd FYI: "Hardware RAID" simply means the RAID is run by a dedicated processor to handle RAID parity calculations. Even some "RAID cards" are software driven and don't have their own processor. HINT: look for big pricetags and a heatsink on the card to find a true hardware RAID solution :)
3rd FYI: Intel's acceleration would need a SSD for each "volume" you'd want accelerated. You only want to accelerate your boot drive or the one holding all your games, etc.
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