I am looking for a true ide hardware raid pci card. I know 3Ware makes them, however, from my understanding upong the install you must wipe the drives clean. Something I am trying to avoid at this point. Reinstalling everything is a hassle in itself, but trying to register my software again is more of a pain the arss.
I currently am running Raid 1 with a Highpoint RocketRaid 133. My problem is that everytime I try to capture video via a firewire I drop a lot of frames. So to test my theory I disconnect the raid and connected my harddrive to the motherboard. I was then able to capture video without dropping a single frame. I contacted Highpoint regarding this issue, they informed me they never heard of such a problem and gave me the boot.
My other option at this point is purchasing another harddrive, installing an O/S and booting from that drive when I need to capture video. Would this cause any issues? It might cause any issue with various settings like the monitor.