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Setting up Intel’s Matrix RAID for the ICH6R
By Loyd Case

To RAID or Not to RAID?
Personal RAID storage is a hot topic—even somewhat controversial. Theoretically RAID 0 offers better performance, but at the cost of increased risk: If one of the two drives fails, you lose your data. RAID 1 offers redundancy and protection, but you only get half the capacity of the two combined drives.

What if you could do both, with just a single pair of drives? As it turns out, you can, if your motherboard is based on Intel’s 900 series chipset. The RAID-enabled version of Intel’s latest I/O controller hub, ICH6R, lets you use two drives to set up both a RAID 0 array and a RAID 1 array.


This makes a lot of sense. Serial ATA drive capacities are at 300GB and more. Unless you’re editing massive video files, a 600GB RAID 0 array makes little sense. And tying up two 300GB drives to get a sin-gle, 300GB RAID 1 array may be overkill for most users. On the other hand, many users are editing digital photographs and creating DVDs from DV camcorder content, which makes RAID 0 useful, but they can also appreciate the security of RAID 1’s redundancy.

We’ll show you how to create a mixed RAID array setup from two drives. We’ll also suggest strategies for boot drives and sizing the array. But first, let’s move on to the nuts and bolts of setup.

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  • table of contents
    Which Configuration is Best?
    Begin with the BIOS
    Creating the First Array
    Building the Second Array
    Installing Windows and the RAID Driver
    Final Steps

    •Catalog Publishing
    •Dealer Management
    •Order Configuration
    •Price Management
    •Sales Management

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