Software RAID

Well, here we go again.  I have one question that will directly pertain to this area of the message board.  The other is what started this question and quite possibly could still save me.

So the question is, How do I set up the main data drive with RAID.  do I need to reinstall with a special option, can I create a new partition and tell the disk manager to use it as a mirror copy?  do I need a new piece of software?


Here's how I got here.  I have a brand new HP dc7100 CMT the thing has the SATA 150 and I thought that it came inherently with the ability to do RAID.  The Disk controller is  an Intel 82801FB Ultra ATA controller which by some of the other sites I looked at have RAID.  But I'm getting the erie feeling that RAID is a function of the MB not the SATA.

So what is my best options for getting RAID set up on this setup?
Thx
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes, RAID is a function of the motherboard or hardware controller, not an inherent component of SATA.

Windows XP cannot do anything other than RAID 0 in software.  So you would need a RAID controller to use Mirroring (RAID 1)
adublaAuthor Commented:
As far as Hardware goes.... I see that there are SATA RAID controllers, but I'm curious if the bus would even allow for those kinds of calls to exist on it, if I could make it a boot device.. know what I mean?

So I'm thinking my only option at this point is to go with a software RAID unless someone can tell me that I can make my RAID controller a boot device.

otherwise, what are the suggestions for Software RAID providers?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Run server.  That supports RAID 1 software.  I've never heard of other RAID software for Windows.

As for a bootable controller, this should be fairly easy.  Your BIOS should have boot options and if you don't have a bootable drive on your main controllers, a card should work fine.

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