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Motherboard RAID vs Windows RAID

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by DMS, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. DMS

    DMS Guest

    I purchased a motherboard that features RAID support. (RAID 1 or 0

    The instructions for configuring RAID, say to:
    1. Configure RAID in the BIOS, then
    2. Configure RAID in Windows by converting to Dynamic disks and
    setting up RAID there.

    Question: I know that I can configure RAID in Windows after
    converting to dynamic disks, so what's the point of setting it up in
    the BIOS also? Do I gain some sort of benefit from setting it up in
    the BIOS in addition to setting it up in Windows?

    Motherboard: ASUS M2NB-VM CSM
    Raid Controller: nVidia nForce 430B
    Operating System(s): Win XP, 2003 Server, and/or Vista Ultimate
    DMS, Apr 30, 2009
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  2. DMS

    Magnate Guest

    Surely the word "then" is wrong. These are alternatives, not a sequence.

    If you configure RAID in your BIOS, Windows will only see one disk - so
    there will be no opportunity to configure RAID in Windows. (This assumes
    that you have two disks - if you have three or more, it gets more
    No. Choose one or the other. I've never used Windows RAID so could not
    advise which is better.

    Magnate, Apr 30, 2009
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