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Setting up a JBod with data already on the disks and PATA/SATA combinations

I have this motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813138277
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Specificaly of note is the following:
Storage Devices
PATA                  2 x ATA 100 up to 4 Devices
PATA RAID         NV RAID 0/1/0+1 JBOD
SATA                    4 x SATA 150
SATA RAID       NV RAID 0/1/0+1 JBOD

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The drives I have on it currently are:
2x 300GB PATA drives
1x 500GB SATA2 Drive
1x 80GB SATA1 Drive
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1) Possible to combine all those disks into a Jbod?
2) By doing so will it format (and thereby erase all data on) my drives?


The Goal: combine the above 4 drives (and future drives) into a large jbod for personal usage. W/out erasing the current contents.

Qualifications: Not interested in striping or mirroring - am aware of potential data loss risks already.

[EDIT]: I should also mention that the manual:
http://www.biostar.com.tw/products/mainboard/board.php?name=NF4%204X-A7

...does not help me much in this area



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Prester JohnCommented:
<listening>
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EchoBinaryAuthor Commented:
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Prester JohnCommented:
just wanted to see what answers you got.
I could have just postes a . but announcing that I'm listenting is more polite IMO
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EchoBinaryAuthor Commented:
i dont think anyone has any input...   doh..
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Prester JohnCommented:
yep

you seem to be right

that happens occasionally. You have spoofed the experts & should get some sort of reward...but you probably won't. :-\
I have had this happen to me a few times.
Go to CS and request a "delete with refund"  @
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Community_Support/

or

If you're a "$10 Timmy"   [   ;-)  ] and don't care about the points, then just let this one sit until you get a response from someone...like a Mod...who answers to your satisfaction or asks you to close the thread.
Maybe someone will wander by who knows what you want.
IMO that would be the best way to go...
Unless you really need the answer soonest> leave this one open & hope you find "the one with the answer"...or at least a suggestion.

Maybe an post in CS asking if they have a recommendation for a TA to post in..... ?
They can move a question.

Hang in there.
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_Commented:
If you want to wait a couple more days, I yelled for help.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21465336.html
"Hardware Alert Notification Thread"

But as far as I know, you can not span a raid across different controllers.
I don't know advance raid setup, so maybe not across channels either.
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CallandorCommented:
You cannot combine drives on PATA and SATA controllers via hardware.  The JBOD type only applies to RAID configurations, but you may be able to combine disks on the OS level with a spanned volume: http://www.petri.co.il/difference_between_basic_and_dynamic_disks_in_windows_xp_2000_2003.htm
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garycaseCommented:
Your motherboard uses the NVRAID controller.   Here's the detailed manual for that:
http://www.dfi.com.tw/Upload/Manual/nvraid%20manual1.pdf

Although there are extensive "morphing" features built-in that allow transitioning between RAID-0, RAID-1, and RAID-10, you cannot "morph" to/from a JBOD array.  So it appears that when you establish the JBOD array you will be required to initialize the "disk"  (logical array) in XP, partition it, and format it.   ==> in other words you will lose all of your current data.

Some more sophisticated controllers do support in-place array expansion (notably the 3ware 9000 series) => if you want the ability to do this for all future drives you may want to consider this.
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garycaseCommented:
Callandor -- r.e. "... You cannot combine drives on PATA and SATA controllers via hardware ..." ==>  I don't know if the specific motherboard incorporates this capability; but the NVRAID manual (see Page 9) DOES indicate that it will span arrays across SATA & PATA drives.
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CallandorCommented:
Gary,

I have NVRAID on my MSI K8N Neo2 motherboard, but I never saw that option in the RAID controller.  It doesn't mean that the Biostar doesn't have it, but that would mean NVRAID differs across different motherboards.
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garycaseCommented:
I've not use NVRAID -- the only RAID's I set up were with Promise or 3Ware controllers.   But the NVRAID manual I linked to above clearly says it's possible.    As with many other features that various chipsets support, however, I'm not surprised if the full set of NVRAID capabilities are not always implemented on different motherboards.    That's why I noted "... I don't know if the specific motherboard incorporates this capability..."

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EchoBinaryAuthor Commented:
For the record, I can create the array between PATA + SATA drives, but it does nto detect the drive as already initialized. Points to gary - thanks for your input guys! :)
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garycaseCommented:
You're most welcome.   Glad the NVRAID works as detailed in the manual :-)
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