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RAID question on ASUS mobo

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by StevenYoungMin, Jan 25, 2005.

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  1. StevenYoungMin

    StevenYoungMin Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I'm thinking of buying an ASUS motherboard with an on-board SIL3114 RAID controller to setup a machine that boots from a SATA RAID-5. The only thing that bothers me are the instructions about installing windows and the need to have a floppy with the RAID driver.

    Do you have to press a few keys and have the floppy in the drive EVERY time you turn the computer on - or is it a case that once setup for the first time - you can then just turn the computer on and have it boot up automatically from the RAID-5 (without pressing keys or putting floppys in). Sorry if this is a stupid question?

    Do people reccommend this mobo and RAID-5 solution as a means of having stable secure data storage?

    I am planning to get an ASUS mobo (A8n-SLI) but a recent gigabyte mobo (K8NXP-SLI) has the same feature - Has anyone seen any guidance on how to set up a RAID-5 on this?

    Thanks in advance.

    Steven
     
  2. norton850

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    Can't advise you about the motherboards, but setting up RAID is a one time event (hopefully :) ). The RAID driver should come on the CD that comes with the motherboard and you need to put the driver on a floppy. At the beginning of Windows installation you will be asked to insert the floppy. Instructions are generally included in your motherboard manual. This is a one time installation and need for the floppy will no longer be required. Your system will be able to boot from your RAID setup.

    Here's some RAID info which also applies to your basic home or office desktop
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  3. StevenYoungMin

    StevenYoungMin Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply. Its exactly what I needed to know. I shall go ahead and buy the components.
     
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