A fairly simple question on hardware raid

Here is my problem. I have been using xp pro with dynamic disks raid 0 and have been quite happy with it. The only problem I was having with my system was audio so on micro centers advice I went with Vista with a free upgrade to 7. I chose the premium thinking it would have dynamic disks and it does not... I find this out at least before I install but not before I break the damn seal. I assumed dynamic disks would be a part of this product as it is old tech but no... so if microcenter will not let me pay the difference and get the 64 bit ultimate I will have to resell it or go ahead and use the premium vista and instead of a software raid which I prefer do due to its ease - do a motherboard raid... this is the question.

My board is the UD4H Gigabyte. Complete Specs at Bottom

It has 6 sata ports. I am using them all. I was doing a creative dynamic raid in xp pro... sometimes using parts of 3 drives together sometimes parts of 5. All this data is easily replaceable so no loss worries. This is raid 0. If I keep the premium and load the raid drivers via my old floppy drive and do a hardware raid ....

1. how flexible is it?
2. how fast is it compared to dynamic drives with a quad 940BE AMD 4 gig ram.
3. Specifically - Do I have to raid the whole drive or can I partition and raid parts of some of the drives to others?
4. Will Vista be able to use these drives as a (whats the word.... swap) I am using multiple cached drives previously that worked well.
5. Lastly what would you recommend for a somewhat techie guy? I mean. How much of a pain is hardware raid?


This is a very specific deal so I needed those extra swap disks to run together in a raid sort of swap.


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    May I suggest that, since you already linked to the product page, you don't copy-paste the specs here anymore?

    Anyways, regarding setting up hardware RAID, have you checked out the RAID FAQ?
  2. I have not. I will.
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