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    Default Motherboard built-in RAID

    This is a stupid question, but I've never worked with RAID arrays before. I'm looking at a motherboard marketed as having a built-in RAID controller supporting 0/1/5/10 arrays. I'm wondering if the controller on there can be used to manage 2 arrays. One RAID 5 array consisting of 4-5 harddrives and one RAID 1 array consisting of 2 harddrives.

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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    Yes. Providing you have enough connectors. That is a pretty standard hardware array setup.
    Ideally iif this was a dual channel controller you would cable the mirror on one channel and the raid5 on the 2nd channel
    You are much better off on 2 seperate controllers though. Alot more speed too.
    Raid controllers are cheap via pci or pcie cards. What motherboard are you talking about? What is the model number?
    Last edited by artdrivers; 06-28-2009 at 09:01 AM.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
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    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P is the brand and model number. Speed is not necessarily my top concern, which is why I opted for the cheaper option of having a built-in raid controller versus a quicker, but more costly card.

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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    Look It has 2 controllers You can seperate them A GREAT DEAL! The Purple ones are JMicron 2 SATAII connectors The Yellow ones are Intel ICH10R with six SATAII connectors
    GIGABYTE - Product - Motherboard - Overview - GA-EP45-UD3P (rev. 1.0)

    By artdrivers at 2009-06-27

    http://china.giga-byte.com/FileList/...p45-ud3p_e.pdf
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    Thanks for the advice and info! I think this motherboard works out well for what I need :).

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    Default Re: Motherboard built-in RAID

    Yes it has an excellent layout for cables cards memory and all. A dual bios. And 2 SATAII controllers onboard.
    Last edited by artdrivers; 06-28-2009 at 09:44 AM.
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/gigabyte...ench-test.html
    http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/FileList...ios_qflash.pdf
    Phenom II 945 @ 3.2Ghz w/Thermaltake Big Typhoon Pro 14 CPU Cooler
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H rev.1.1 F11
    Sapphire 3870HD / 100225L / 512MB / ddr4
    4GB / Kingston / KHX8500D2K2/2GN / 5-5-5-18 / 1066Mhz
    (2) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA RAID-0
    (1) WD Caviar / WD2500AAKS/ 250GB in SATA AHCI
    (2) IDE's 1 8XdualDVDRW 1 52x32x52x CDRW
    Antec /Neo HE550 / 550W
    Mid size ATX case with show through panel
    2) 80x80 front fans (1) 120x120 rear fan and small nb fan
    Microsoft comfort curve USB keyboard 2000 ver.1.0
    Logitech G500 USB mouse
    Monitor: CMV937A
    7.1+2 Channel High Definition ALC889A
    Dual boot Windows 7 32bit home & Windows 7 64bit home


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