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


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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  1. 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.

    Source -
  2. 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)
  3. Huh? What reasoning could there possibly be for putting DVD drives into RAID?
  4. Possible, yes.
    An example of such a configuration -

    Jit - yeah, it kind of made my head hurt thinking about it.
  5. ^That is so far beyond what he was asking it's comical^
  6. 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.
  7. bobbknight said:
    ^That is so far beyond what he was asking it's comical^

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