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July 18, 2013 6:19:08 PM

I'm looking to create a RAID5 setup using 3 512Gb SSD drives. From reading my Motherboard's manual I understand I can actually do this through the BIOS. If I do encounter a drive loss how do I rebuild the lost drive. I have not been able to find any type of management software mentioned in the manual.

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July 18, 2013 6:23:13 PM

the "raid" is created through BIOS, but driven by software within the OS. this is why it's more of a Hybrid Raid than pure Hardware raid.

once you install the OS, you should go to Intel's website and download the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology tools. once the software installs, you'll be all set. the software actually integrates into the OS/boot process and keeps track of your disk conditions. if one fails, simply remove the disk, plug in new one. boot up windows, and use the software to rebuild your Raid array. you would to RAID varification etc through the software as well
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July 19, 2013 6:55:13 PM

vmem said:
the "raid" is created through BIOS, but driven by software within the OS. this is why it's more of a Hybrid Raid than pure Hardware raid.

once you install the OS, you should go to Intel's website and download the latest Intel Rapid Storage Technology tools. once the software installs, you'll be all set. the software actually integrates into the OS/boot process and keeps track of your disk conditions. if one fails, simply remove the disk, plug in new one. boot up windows, and use the software to rebuild your Raid array. you would to RAID verification etc through the software as well


I'm really confused now, does that mean even tho I'm using the motherboard to create the RAID its not a hardware RAID. I've hear that Software RAIDs aren't recommended, is that what this would be? I've never heard of a hybrid type RAID.
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July 19, 2013 7:34:09 PM

Victor Gazio said:
I'm really confused now, does that mean even tho I'm using the motherboard to create the RAID its not a hardware RAID. I've hear that Software RAIDs aren't recommended, is that what this would be? I've never heard of a hybrid type RAID.


Hardware RAID is a RAID controller card that connects to a PCIe slot on a motherboard.
You connect your drives to SATA or SAS ports that reside on the card.
Here's an example of one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hybrid RAID (also referred to as Firmware RAID) is what you have, where the RAID controller resides on the motherboard.
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July 19, 2013 9:49:57 PM

thanks for the explaination Dereck and sorry for the late reply

what Dereck has said is correct. In addition, for the average home user, software RAID is not a bad option since it's a lot less expensive, and the performance hit really isn't that noticeable with modern drives and SATA ports. what you're doing with the motherboard will serve you just fine for home data storage and media streaming to a few devices. might work for a small business as well if you'll have no more than 5 users trying to get data at the same time.
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