I have a raid 0 setup with 2 SATA hard drives (WD raptor 10k) on winxp. Now Iâ€™ve added 2 additional hard drives on the same machine just for extra storage space. One of them is a SATA 640GB and the other is an IDE 80GB.
My motherboard is an Asus A8V socket 939 with via chipset.
In order to install windows xp on the SATA 640gb, I had to load the raid floppy driver by using the f6 command during winxp setup. Iâ€™m not sure why it needed a raid driver. Itâ€™s not like iâ€™m putting this 640gb hdd into a raid setup. As a matter of fact, I donâ€™t want to mess with the current raid 0 setup at all, since I use it mostly for heavy duty tasks like copying large files.
So it installed windows on the 640gb. I then went into windows explorer, and I noticed that I can see and access the other two hard drive setups (the raid 0 setup, and the IDE hard drive). I rebooted and logged into the old raid 0 setup in winxp, and even from there I could still access the other two hard drive setups (the new 640gb and the IDE hard drive). C: drive is the raid 0 setup, F: is the IDE hdd, and G: is the 640gb.
My main concern is that I donâ€™t want the raid 0 setupâ€™s performance to be compromised due to these 2 new hard drives. I thought that you wouldnâ€™t be able to see and access the other hard drives from windows because they are on different channels.
The VIA RAID TOOL in windows xp (in the raid 0 setup) shows that there are 2 items â€“ Array 0 (RAID 0) and WDC 640AAKS (which is the 640gb). Array type for Array0 looks normal as it says â€œStripingâ€.
Looking under stripe disk 0 it shows â€“ Controller 0, Channel 0, Master
Looking under stripe disk 1 it shows â€“ Controller 0, Channel 1, Master
And under the WDC 640AAKS it shows Controller 0, Channel 2, Master
Now when I enter the RAID BIOS utility, it shows that both stripe disks are on controller 0 and channel 0. The via raid tool shows differently as you can see. Also, it shows THE WDC 640g under Channel 1 instead of Channel 2 like the via raid tool shows.
When I boot up the computer, it shows the two WD raptor hard drives under the RAID section, and the WDC 640gb under the â€œNo raidâ€ section.
So can someone please tell me if Iâ€™ve done anything wrong, or more importantly - anything that is compromising the raid 0 setupâ€™s performance.
Thanks in advance