I have ASUS P4P800 Deluxe mobo, and I currently have (a) a single Maxtor 80 gb IDE hard drive as the boot drive and (b) a pair of Barracuda SATA 80 GB drives configured as RAID1 (storing data only) using the onboard Intel ICH5R chip.
I'd like to add a second IDE hard drive and configure the pair of IDE drives as an IDE RAID1 or RAID1+0 (if possible) to help recover from boot drive failure (the mobo includes the VIA VT6410 controller) Is this possible? Can I have both IDE and SATA RAIDs running at the same time? Is this the best way to do it? My goal is to (reasonably) have the least possible downtime upon boot disk failure. I'm backing up my data to a external USB drive, but I recently experienced boot disk problems and am having to reinstall everything on that disk ... quite a pain, and one I'd like to avoid in the future, if possible.
Would a more preferable setup be to use the IDE as ONLY the boot drive, and install all progs, etc on the RAID drive? I could then Ghost the boot drive and be up and running more quickly, although I'm not all that familiar with Ghost or similar programs.