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How to set-up SATA RAID 0 on Asus P5Q Pro

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January 14, 2009 12:35:45 PM

I am an inexperienced builder. Am attempting to build a rig with Asus P5Q Pro, Intel E8500, Asus EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon, and two (2) Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb. Would like to set up the Raptors in Raid 0 to achieve maximum speed. Reading the mobo manual, it seems like there are two different SATA controllers? And only one of them supports RAID? This is a brand new system. So, I do not have any operating system loaded at this point. Can I use the 2x Raptors to hold the MBR and use as my startup disk(s) (including loading the operating systems onto them)? If so, how? Can you point me to a step by step guide for how to do this?

Motherboard: ~ Asus ~ P5Q Pro. Part#90-MIB4Q0-G0AAY00Z ~ LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
CPU: ~ Intel ~ E8500 ~ Core2 Duo Processor LGA775, 3.16 GHz, 6MB L2, 1333 MHz FSB, 45nm. ProdCode:BX80570E8500
HsF for the CPU: ~ XigmaTek ~ HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle ~ with XigmaTek ACK-I7751 Retention Bracket
Memory bank 00 A+B: ~ OCZ ~ Reaper PC2 6400. PN: OCZ2RPR800C44GK ~ 2X2GB. (DDR2-800)
Memory bank 01 A+B: ~ ~ ~
Video card 01: ~ Asus ~ EAH4850/HTDI/512M Radeon ~ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
Video card hsf 01: ~ ARCTIC COOLING ~ ACCELS1 Rev 2 ~ Probably going to scrap this as I might not be able to install
Video card 02: ~ None ~ ~
Video card hsf 02: ~ N/A ~ ~
Hard drive 01A & 01B: ~ Seagate ~ 2X Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD ~ 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb (please set up as RAID 0 for maximum speed)
Hard drive 02: ~ Seagate ~ ST31000340AS ~ Barracuda 7200.11 1TB SATA
Hard drive 03: ~ WD ~ WD1800JB Special Edition ~ ATA-100 - 7200 rpm - 8 MB 180GB PATA
Hard drive 04: ~ Seagate ~ ST3500641AS-RK ~ Barracuda 7200.9 500GB SATA
Optical drive 01: ~ LG ~ GH20NS15 ~ LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model - OEM
Optical drive 02: ~ Lite-On ~ LH-20A1H186C ~ 20x DVD±RW DL IDE Drive w/LightScribe
Floppy Drive ~ MITSUMI ~ D359M3 ~ Cold Gray 1.44MB 3.5" Internal FD
Power supply: ~ Antec ~ TPQ-850 ~ 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply
Case: ~ Antec ~ P160 ~
Front case fan top: ~ N/A ~ ~
Front case fan bottom:~ Scythe ~ SFF21E ~ 1200RPM 20dBA. Use the rubber screws to minimize sound from vibration.
Rear case fan top: ~ N/A ~ ~
Rear case fan bottom: ~ Scythe ~ SFF21F ~ 1600RPM 28dBA. Use the rubber screws to minimize sound from vibration.
Monitor 01: ~ Soyo ~ 24DYLM24D6 ~ 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor
Monitor 02: ~ Dell ~ UltraSharp 2001FP ~ 20" LCD Monitor
Operating System: ~ MS ~ ~ XP today (Vista tomorrow)
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