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Mirroring question on SATA hard drives

Hello, I need some setup advice. I am going to setup a computer to be a test server. It will be a test server for quite awhile so I want to make sure that I do it correctly. This machine will be running Windows 2003 Server with AD. I bought two SATA drives and I want to mirror them. Should I connect the drives to the same cable or should each of them be on their own cable? Also, this will be a software raid rather than a hardware raid so is that a bad thing?  Thanks.
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rindiCommented:
To SATA cables you can only connect one device at a time, and yes, software raid isn't a good idea, particularly not for the C: drives where the OS is on. Many mainboards that have SATA controllers already include a RAID controller, so you should check that out.
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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
   Hi jhieb  
        Adding to rindi's perfect explanation, you can reach hardware RAID configuration utility by pressing the key combinations during POST. This features and explainations take place in motherboard's manual.
       And if your disks support NCQ, you should enable AHCI mode in BIOS

Regards
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pgm554Commented:
Unless you are running TRUE hardware RAID (something with a co-processor like an Intel i960),there is little difference between a cheap SATA RAID controller and  Windows software RAID, except you need to convert to dynamic disks to use windows software RAID.

If you lose a disk with a cheap RAID controller ,it will eat up CPU cycles the same as windows software RAID when it comes time to rebuild.

Look to spend at least $300 bucks on a good HW RAID solution.
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
OK, but if I use RAID 1, which is just a mirror, then I shouldn't need another controller, correct? Btw, my ASUS motherboard doesn't have RAID ability.
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pgm554Commented:
No.Windows server
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pgm554Commented:
No.
Windows server RAID is all you would need.
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
I found that my motherboard does support a hardware RAID. So, I will use the motherboard instead of a software RAID. Thank you everyone for helping me on this. I do have to give rindi most of the points because he came up with a good solution first and you guys seem to support it too. Thanks!!!
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jhiebAuthor Commented:
BTW, my motherboard is an ASUS M2NPV-VM
Part No. 90-MIB065-G0AAYZ
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Alan Huseyin KayahanCommented:
       I wish you have given all to rindi, I just wanted to add to rindi's original answer. But thanks anyway. Sorry rindi :/
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rindiCommented:
your welcome
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