Setting up Intels Matrix RAID for the ICH6R
Intel's Matrix RAID offers new, flexible ways to mix-and-match RAID formats for personal RAID. We show you how to set up a Matrix RAID array to maximize both performance and security.To RAID or Not to RAID?
Personal RAID storage is a hot topic—even somewhat controversial. Theoretically RAID 0 offers better performance, but at the cost of increased risk: If one of the two drives fails, you lose your data. RAID 1 offers redundancy and protection, but you only get half the capacity of the two combined drives. What if you could do both, with just a single pair of drives? As it turns out, you can, if your motherboard is based on Intels 900 series chipset. The RAID-enabled version of Intels latest I/O controller hub, ICH6R, lets you use two drives to set up both a RAID 0 array and a RAID 1 array.
Well show you how to create a mixed RAID array setup from two drives. Well also suggest strategies for boot drives and sizing the array. But first, lets move on to the nuts and bolts of setup.