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Most modern motherboards should have at least 4 SATA connectors, and inbuilt RAID. Depending on the brand and model of the motherboard, the procedure will be similar to below. Of course, before doing anything of medium difficulty like this, you should read the manual The manual will also be able to tell you how many SATA connectors you have available, and also whether the motherboard supports RAID. Be aware when buying a motherboard.. some motherboards will support RAID1 but not RAID0.. or not both. Select a motherboard that supports RAID0+1 if you want both..You can do the same with older motherboards, but you will need addon parts then.. a SATA controller is likely as modern large drives are all SATA, and a RAID controller. Its likely that these will come combined in a single addon PCI card, if you need them. My personal preference would be to buy a new motherboard rather than the addons.. the simplicity of installation alone would be worth it, and you will find a board capable of the job for under 100 bucks. The addon card alone to upgrade the old motherboard could be 50 bucks, the old motherboard will be much more limited than the new in every other respect as well, and the RAID installation will become a lot more complicated using an addon card !Fit the hard drives into the case and plug them in. First you will need to enable SATA and RAID in the BIOS. I will assume you have sufficient knowledge to find these options, but of course if you read the manual, you will have step by step instructions 🙂Now, while posting the system, you will see prompts to offer to enter the RAID controller.. in the same way as you would normally enter the BIOS. With my system, I would hit the delete key to enter BIOS or tab key to enter RAID.The RAID wizard will now open, showing you all of the drives on your system, and offering configuration options. Set the RAID arrays up as you wish, following the instructions. Again, its very advisable to read the manual before, during and after this procedure. Setting up a RAID array will destroy all data currently on the hard drives!! Only do this on drives which are new or you dont mind wiping clean. Also, its advisable to use identical hard drives.. 4 brand new ones of the same model and size in a perfect world. Its possible to mix and match drives, but I dont recommend it.Ok so now you have a RAID array, which is controlled by your onboard RAID controller. However, windows doesnt know how to use this controller. You need to make a floppy disk with the RAID drivers for your motherboard on it. Your manual will have full instructions on how to do this, and where to find the drivers (usually somewhere on the motherboard disc.)Now, boot into your Windows setup disc. As setup begins, you will see a prompt at the bottom saying 'press f6 if you need to install raid drivers'
Mitz from Tips4pc