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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: raid sys on p5k/epu
You are correct. The Asus P5K does support SATA RAID configuration. Page 4-14 in the user manual.
Congifuration [Enhanced]. Only real option is IDE. That does not mean the SATA drives will run like an IDE. The SATA's will function faster. In order to get RAID function you would need to have bought the Asus P5K Deluxe. http://support.asus.com/download/download.aspx?modelname=P5K%20Deluxe/WiFi-AP&SLanguage=en-us
Posted on Jun 13, 2008
First IDE mode will not allow you to use RAID so you cannot use that. NVidia RAID should be able to handle the 2.72 TB RAID volume but there are other limitations you need to be aware of. . MBR which is Master Boot Record is the volume structure used by most windows systems and it has a limitation of 2 TB. You can use the newer GPT instead of MBR, but you cannot boot off of a GPT volume directly on most PC's. To do that you would need EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface) which basically is a new replacement for the BIOS. The motherboard manufacturer would have to support EFI.
You do have a lot of alternatives here though. Given the fact that you have four drives you could use one drive for the system disk, and use the other three for a RAID 5 volume. You would install windows on the single drive and then boot into windows and used disk manager to create a new partition on the RAID 5 volume. The benefit is read access speed and redundancy. There is a write performance hit because of parity generation and the space available for data is approximately the same as the total of 2 drives. The rest of the space stores the parity information. So you end up with 1 TB system drive with no redundancy, and a 2 TB RAID volume.
You could also use RAID 0+1 which is two stripe sets where one is a mirror of the other to provide redundancy. This gives you speed without the write performance hit. With 4 x 1 TB drives, you would end up with a bootable 2 TB volume with redundancy and excellent write and read performance.
Posted on Jul 20, 2010
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