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Okay I have an ASUS P4P800 mobo and it has the option of using a RAID 0 configuration as long as you use the SATA interface. Here are the questions:

I'm building the computer from the ground up, is it easy to just plug in the primary HDD via SATA interface like it is with the ATA interface? Is there something i'm going to have to do with the BIOS? (I don't even have a video card in this PC yet, so I really haven't had a chance to check out the BIOS for such an option)

and finally,

I am planning on getting just 1 SATA HDD for right now, but later on I want to implement RAID 0, is it pretty easy to configure RAID once I get the second HDD down the road sometime?

Sorry about the stupid questions but I have no experience with RAID or SATA.
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First off it is fairly easy to install if you have the right cabling.  SATA Cable, and a SATA Power cable.  Unless you purchase a SATA drive that uses the standard Molex power connectors (same power connectors for normal CDrom/Hard drive power connectors etc)

And you dont generally need to go into the SATA Raid bios or SATA Bios if you are installing one drive.  However if you are setting up raid you may have to press a certain bunch of keystrokes to enter the SATA Bios....IE: CTRL-ALT-INS or CTRL-S, or CTRL-ALT-I or something like that.  You will need to refer to ASUS P4P800 manual.

Thirdly in order to install an OS beit 2k, XP etc you will need to Install the SATA drivers before you install Windows.  Usually when you boot up off the Windows CD it gives you about a 2-4 second window after the blue screen comes up and the white task bar on the bottom of the screen flashes a bunch of stuff.  At that point it will ask you to press F6 for alternate Drivers for SCSI devices or hard drive controllers....you will need to press that F6 Button....I would suggest hitting F6 a few times untill it stops saying press F6.  You should have received a Floppy disk for your SATA Controller on the ASUS board.   If you did not you will need to create a floppy and put the drivers on that disk.  Probably via the ASUS Motherboard driver disk.  Once you get those drivers on the floppy and after pressing the F6 windows will ask you if you want to install "S" pecific drivers or something....basically hit S.  It will ask for the floppy, put that in...and select the correct driver from there....and then continue to install from there as a normal windows install.

Now if you plan to get a Second Sata drive to configure raid....you will need to reformat both drives in the Raid Bios, the Ctrl-Alt whatever key as I stated earlier, and create a Raid array.  You may want to refer to the Asus manaul for that one.  It will tell you what you need to know as far as creating a Raid array.  but that is basically it...you will have to erase everything on the First hard drive...so it is hard to implement it down the road.  Installation for Windows is the same as above.  you will need to hit the F6 key etc and insert the floppy again and do that step over.  

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There isn't a utility that can create a RAID array without formatting both drives? I assume something needs to be stored on the FAT or NTSF tables but I would think that there is a program to do this!? maybe not... that would be too good to be true.
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Not really....There are Software versions that can act or create a Raid Array, however if you are looking for performance....you will not get it.  Plus if for some reason the software gets hosed or the partition that handles the front end part of the software dies or gets corrupted, you will lose the array as well.

And again, you would be in the same boat tho.  Since the Software already exists on one drive (unless you plan to do mirroring)  it won't be able to stripe it.  So even if you did have a software solution, it may have to transfer the data accross both drives in order to create the raid array.  So it may take a long time to do so etc.
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Well thanks for the info, here is your points man.
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Well thanks for the info, here is your points man.
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No prob!  If there's anything else you need to know...let me know.
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