Just wondering is there was a software RAID solution for Windows 7. I have the ultimate editions and I know about the dynamic disk setup but I want to know some other options/monitoring. I don't want to buy a controller. I'm the type if I'm buy hardware I'm doing it right. I've looked at the cheap ones and it's not worth it.
asked Sep 03 '11 at 07:29
You have to have a RAID card to run RAID. You may have a small one built onto your motherboard that you can easily run RAID 1 or 0 off, but if you are looking for raid 5 or 6 you will need to by a dedicated raid card. If you have a built in RAID card you can then just setup the RAID through BIOS.
answered Sep 03 '11 at 09:27
um... are thoose 1tb drives all equal specs? if not you cant do raid.
And software raid has virtually no difference in speeds (raid 5/6) with onboard raid. in other words, they both suck.
Get a raid controller if you are doing raid 5 or 6 or anything higher.
also if those hard-drives aren't the same specs than u r stuck to software raid.
answered Sep 04 '11 at 20:50
Onboard software RAID via dynamic disk (software RAID through the BIOS produces pretty much the same results) is OK for the low RAID levels. (RAID 0 & 1). The OS can sometimes be a little picky about installing onto software RAID via bios though.
Software RAID relies on your CPU to do the RAID work with some simple circuitry built into the motherboard.
A stand alone RAID card will also save all of your RAID settings in the event that the motherboard breaks, software RAID is tied to the motherboard and is a little iffy.
A decent RAID card would be a far better long term investment if your data is highly important. You will also be able to move the RAID to another machine if the motherboard breaks.
As you say, the cheap RAID controllers are not worth the boards they are printed on and only getting a quality RAID controller will give the best performance.
To clarify on drive size.
They DON'T need to be the same size for RAID 0, but for all other RAID levels they DO need to be the same size as you are essentially creating carbon copies of the data.
answered Sep 05 '11 at 09:26