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RAID - Can I have two drives in RAID, and the other two standalone?

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  • NAS / RAID
  • SATA
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Last response: in Storage
November 1, 2008 8:11:26 AM


I have two drives;

1. Maxtor (SATA) 500GB
2. WesternDigital (IDE) 400GB

And am planning on buying two more drives (unsure of brand yet);

1. (SATA) 500GB
2. (SATA) 500GB

I am planning on making the two new drives RAID 0.

But I want to keep my other two drives seperate from the RAID setup. In other words, I don't want them in RAID. I only want my new drives in RAID.

Please tell me if this is possible (I have an ASUS P5K-E WiFi motherboard).

Thanks in advance,


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November 1, 2008 8:43:11 AM

Absolutely. When you configure a RAID array you select which drives to initialize for your new volume(s).

Your motherboard internally has "6 x SATA connectors" and an additional " 2 x External SATA", so you are good on interfaces.

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November 1, 2008 11:02:21 AM

Oh cool, thanks.

I know this sounds stupid, but is it possible to put DVD (SATA) drives in RAID?

(I'm not going to do it, just want to know if it's possible)
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November 1, 2008 11:21:06 AM

Huh? What reasoning could there possibly be for putting DVD drives into RAID?
November 1, 2008 11:30:47 AM

^That is so far beyond what he was asking it's comical^
a b G Storage
November 1, 2008 11:31:44 AM

Well, yeah now that I think about.
I guess that a DVD burner tower that has 7 drives would be a type of RAID setup? I can see the mirroring, but striping would be kind of useless.
November 1, 2008 11:40:44 AM

bobbknight said:
^That is so far beyond what he was asking it's comical^

Thank you, thank you - I'll be here all week.