Implementing RAID 0 on an ASRock P4VT8+

Hey guys,

I have firstly attached the Motherboard manual for reference. I was wondering if someone might be able to tell me whither i can easily RAID my friends system.

Ok,

He has a P4 3.0 Ghz P4
1 gig of Ram
Motherboard is
Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 (Prescott, Northwood, Willimate)
/Celeron® processor

IDE1: ATA 133 / Ultra DMA Mode 6;
IDE2: ATA 133 / Ultra DMA Mode 6;
Supports up to 4 IDE devices

North Bridge:
VIA PT800, FSB @ 800/533/400 MHz,
with Hyper-Threading Technology ready
South Bridge:
VIA VT8237, supports USB 2.0, ATA 133, SATA 1.5Gb/s
Memory: 3 DDR DIMM slots: DDR1, DDR2, and DDR3

He has an exsisting seagate baracuda (120 gig ATA drive 7200rpm) and is thinking about purchasing another one so that he can RAID them. His current drive has around 70 gig on it, does that mean he will have to wipe the drives when raiding?

I found this in the maual about how it supports RAID

2.9.2 RAID 0 / RAID 1 Configurations
This motherboard adopts VIA VT8237 southbridge chipset that integrates
RAID controller supporting RAID 0 and RAID 1 with two independent Serial ATA
(SATA) channels. This section will introduce RAID 0, RAID 1, and the guide to
configure RAID 0 and RAID 1.
For optimal performance, please install identical drives of the same model and
capacity when creating a RAID set.

… and this …

2.9.2.1 Guide to Configure RAID 0
Please enter “VIA Tech RAID BIOS Utility” to set RAID 0 configuration.
STEP 1: Boot-up your computer.
STEP 2: During POST press <Tab> key to enter “VIA Tech RAID BIOS
Utility”.
STEP 3: Start the configuration from the option Create Array. Select the
option Create Array, then press <Enter> key.
STEP 4: Select the option Array Mode, then press <Enter> key to
display the pop-up menu of RAID system setting.
STEP 5: Select RAID 0 for performance from the menu and press
<Enter>.
From this point, you may choose to auto-configure the RAID
array by selecting Auto Setup for Performance or manually
configure the RAID array for striped sets. Please continue with
the next step if you want to manually configure the RAID array,
otherwise, proceed to step #5.3.
5.1
Select the option Select Disk Drives, then press <Enter>. Use
arrow keys to select disk drive(s), then press <Enter> to mark
selected drive. An asterisk is placed before the selected drive.
5.2
Select the option Block Size, then press <Enter> to set array
block size. A list of valid array block sizes are displayed on a
pop-up menu. Use arrow keys to move selection bar on items
and press <Enter> to select.
5.3
Select the option Start Create Process and press <Enter> to
setup hard disk for RAID system. Then the confirmation
message appears: The data on the selected disks will
be destroyed. Continue? (Y/N)
Press <Y> to confirm or <N> to return to the configuration options.

Does this mean that all i have to do is wipe both hard drives and follow the instructions?

I assume that due to parallel access with RAID 0 that i will see big gains when his drive is really full ?

Thanks for all you help !

Paul (NZ)

Turns out i couldnt upload the manual as it is a little large :frowning:

Yes the drives will need to be empty. Yes its as easy as following the directions. Once configured you can install your OS as per usual. Be warned RAID0 is very high performance at the cost of high risk.

Thankyou. I guess now its just a matter of finding someone with 80 gigs free so we can temporarily back the music up etc.