I don't this has been covered specifically in the guide to RAID-0 so I will post a topic here, and perhaps if there is a solution, it might be integrated into the guide:
I have set up XP on my computer without using the chipset RAID controller to begin with (as I don't want Windows to be on a RAID drive).
So currently me setup is as follows:
1 X 74 GB Raptor: XP (OS installed, non RAID)
1 X 74 GB Raptor: Vista (OS to be installed later... non RAID)
1 X 150 GB Raptor: Software (non RAID)
Now I want to hardware RAID-0 the following two new drives so that they can be read by XP, and Vista when I install it:
2 X 500 GB WD-Caviar
Now keep note than when Installing XP I did not have my RAID controller switched on becuase I was under the impression that I didn't have to do this unless I wanted to slipstream the RAID drivers into the XP installation for installing the OS on a RAID volume. So what I essentially have are all non-RAID volumes, and am waiting to RAID-0 two new drives not related to the OS.
So, here are my main questions:
- Now that XP is installed on a non-RAID drive, can I get these two new drives in RAID-0 via the hardware RAID setup
- If so, how do I go about doing this?...
Lastly, I am assuming that by setting up these extra drives via hardware RAID, they will be recognised by both XP and Vista when it is installed.
- Do I switch on my RAID controller on next reboot to format the new drives in the striped array from the RAID boot menu?
- Will switching my RAID controller on make my existing non-RAID drivers dissapear (like they did when attempting to install the OS without the slipstrem driver)? Keep in mind that I installed the raid controller that came with the chipset driver set when I installed XP
If anyone can provide me with the right advice that would be great! [thumbup]
Edit > FYI: Mobo = Gigabyte GA-EP35-DSR with ICH9R Sata & Ggiabyte GSata controllers