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bradcarter
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:00 pm    Post subject: Raid Reply with quote

I am thinking about setting up another machiene at the end of the summer, I found a board I like Abit AT7-MAX2 Rev 1.1 KT400 LAN/Audio DDR (AMD XP) except it says it is Raid. I know diddly squat about raid. I did a bit of reading and am not really sure it is wirth the trouble.

The boards I keep liking seem to be raid, any chance of not running them as Raid but just as normal?

thanks :)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are lots of threads here about this, so here is the skinny:

Just because a mobo says "RAID" doesn't mean it is real raid---your processor does all the work, and all that the "RAID" chip does is provide a BIOS which fools Windoze into thinking it has to do with a SCSI device. Which, from what I understand, is bad.

Linux, however, had no such illusions. It simply sees the extra IDE channels for what they are. You can then set up software RAID--which isn't very hard, and you can combine two or more hard disks into a big, fast, RAID disk---do a search here, it really is fairly easy. If you don't want, or course, then you just have a couple spare IDE cables inside your box, which it always nice.

If you have "real RAID" --- which is unlikely, 'cause the price tag would tell you swiftly if you did --- I can't help you much, cause I never worked with the beast myself. But chances are that it is even easier to manage than software RAID.

Once again, do a search.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have this board. It's really good. There are newer, better abit boards out there now though. The NF7 series are the flagship of the Abit AMD range now I think. Look pretty sweet, although I don't know if you want nforce2 chipsets as I've seen a lot of people having problems with them in linux at the moment.
The Max2 has a good VIA chipset.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 2003 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops should have done a search I forgot :oops: though thank you for your explanation

Though talking about the chipset... is there any other recomendations? I dont want to go top of the line my pocket book could not handle it, though I want a good board. I currently have an ECS K7S5A and dont really like it that much, it seems to be a really finicky board. Basically I want a good solid board that can handle an AMD 2800+

I am actually building a second computer. This will be a linux ONLY, machiene so linux compatibity is a must. What chipset do you recomend?
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