A puzzler! Raid on the board and CDRW on a card or CDRW on the board and Raid on the card?

MichaelD

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Whoa. Nice title, huh? :confused: I am pondering a Raid 0 setup. Just pondering. Mulling over the possibilities. Here's where I stand.

My mobo has built in Raid capabilities. (Abit KT7R) Currently, I use the one of the ATA-100 slots for my CDRW. I have both my CDR and CDRW as masters on their very own IDE channels. It's worked great for me; zero coasters.

I'm pondering a Raid array. Should I:

1. Keep my CDRW on on the built in Raid controller and put the Raid on a software PCI card? OR

2. Put the Raid array where it "belongs" on the mobo Raid controller and get a PCI ATA-100 card for the CDRW?

Remember, there are no stupid questions if you don't know the answer. :D Has anyone done this? Thank you.
 

bigbootydaddy

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correct me if I am wrong, but what is wrong with:

Onboard raid: host raid 0 (you should have 2 channels)
and regualr atapi hosting the cd/cdr? 9you should have 2 channels here too)

i thought the KT7-Raid had total of 4 channels aka 8 devices max?
 

zzzz

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Put the CD drives on the via controller.
Put the raid HD's on the highpoint controller.
no need for another card.
 

NelsonMuntz

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Not sure why you aren't just thinking of using the RAID for your IDE hard drives. There wouldn't be an improvement to putting your CD-R/RWs on the RAID system anyway. Put the CD-R/RWs on the IDE channels and put the hard drives on the RAID. No need to buy a separate card either if you want RAID 0.
 

MichaelD

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Oh shoot! (That's not what I really want to say!) I am red, red, red! :eek::eek::eek: right now. You guys are 100% right.

I - AM - A - DUMB - *SS.

I FORGOT that right now, I'm only using 3 IDE devices; one HD and two CDR's. I have the HD on the Highpoint Raid controller, and the two CDR's each as master on the two IDE channels. I will now crawl back under my rock. Thanks guys. (Smiles sheepishly and backs away from keyboard)
 

MichaelD

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The question is; "did I need to post this in the first place?" The answer is "no." After some, ahem...counseling...I was able to answer my own question. My bad. Thanks though.