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PCI slot RAID controller?


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ox411

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i have a computer i built a few years ago, the motherboard is an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe. it has an on board RAID controller with 2 SATA ports. im using these 2 ports for a RAID array as my C drive.

i also have 2 IDE drives (they are both Western Digital WD1200JBRTL drives) i want to set these 2 IDE drives up as a second RAID array. a mirrored array and use it as my D drive.

the motherboard isnt set up for a RAID array on the IDE ports.
does anyone know of a way to do this? Maybe a PCI RAID controller that has 2 IDE ports?
will the system be able to handle 2 different RAID arrays or will it cause problems?

im planning on leaving windows and all my programs on the C drive (the SATA RAID set on the on board controller)
and using the IDE RAID set for my photos and personal documents as the D drive

if someone could tell me if this is possible and suggest a PCI card that might work, id appreciate it
thanks
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Yes, using a PCI IDE RAID controller will do the trick, although this is getting a little further into it than any customer has asked me to do. From what I understand, the BIOS will load the SATA RAID and then load the PCI IDE RAID controller, which will separately load the IDE RAID setup.

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thats what i was hoping would happen. any opinions good or bad about this particular card?

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16816132004

thanks for the advice
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Not sure... the only thing I can say is I've never had much luck with cheap RAID cards. See if you can find one from Adaptec, I hear they're pretty good.
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I guess on ebay you can get a real cheap ATA RAID controller. Adaptec or Promise are above the average in terms of quality. By all means avoid VIA.
Though Adaptec website lists only 2 ATA RAID cards (1200A and 2400A) both of which are ATA60/100, not ATA133.
So perhaps a Promise card would suit best because of ATA133 specs:
Promise TX2000
This one used to be classic. A very popular controller.

Edited by Kelly Wright, 13 June 2009 - 08:54 AM.

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