Those are SATA controllers, not RAID. SATA is a hardware thing, RAID is how it is configured. Make sure your HD's are SATA type. Also, if you do type 1, 2, 3 or 4-you will only get 80 MB usage because the larger HD will only match the smaller one (40MB). Only if you do the BOD option will you get the full amount of storage (then it is really not a true RAID).
OK, then: I use the SIlicon Image controller (red plugs)
1. Make SI RAID driver disk. (from your MoBo disc.)
2. Connect the disks to the SATA and power cables.
3. Insert Win XP disk & BOOT, in CMOS enable the SI option, exit & save CMOS. Continuing boot...hit the button when prompted to put in the RAID driver.
4. Install XP, install & configure everything else.
That is pretty much it.
I use RAID O. Yes, I have had to rebuild it twice in 6 months due to glitches.
Mirrored and striped is really best if you have the space.
The NV controller is faster than the SI controller, plus they seem to be more reliable.
You can put any drive(s) into a RAID array but like previously posted, with either of these implimentations you won't get all your capacity. You should probably google RAID and read up on it before thinking about using it.
You can use both controllers for NON-RAID drives, just disable RAID in the BIOS and use then as standard SATA controllers.
Sure you can put a single HD into a RAID0 but it won't do you any good. The only way to get any benefit from a RAID array is to use multiple drives, hence the Array part of RAID. If it takes windows 5 minutes to boot you probably have other issues to worry about. Spyware, virus', that kinda stuff. I don't think you understand what RAID is.