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This is NOT a RAID.

So, while I was in the process of putting together the wonderous and marvelous replacement PC for my own PC which I was going to donate...

I got the wrong motherboard. ASUS P5B works with the Intel Dual Core (755) but it's actually the P5BD (deluxe) that has the Southbridge chip that actually supports the almost-hardware RAID.

I looked at cheap RAID cards. They're all PCI cards that provide SATA connection. This mobo has _five_ SATA ports already, and doesn't NEED to have a PCI card.
Nobody sells a RAID card that lets you take SATA inputs and plug them into a single SATA port internally. They make raid BOXES for external storage, which do that.

So, here's the question. I now have an extra 160 GB of empty. Should I keep it? Should I return it? I've realized, I could put a lot of video and audio onto that extra space, but I could also get back about $65 returning it (less restocking fee.)

And I have yet to transfer everything over from the old PC. Will probably start that running tomorrow night. And then sometime, try out to see how well it handles City Of.


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Oct. 3rd, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Me, I'd keep the extra drive, as you can never have too much hard drive space. $65 back <<< 160G of 'spare' storage capacity, in my opinion.

Of course, I currently have slightly less that 160G total, so I'm almost always hurting for space.
Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
... one day, when I've passed my A+ exam, I will know what you are asking, and may be able to offer up some kind of intelligent reply. For the moment, I need to get back to my studying. (I'm finding errors in this A+ book. It makes me miffy.)
Oct. 4th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hate it when textbooks are worng.
Oct. 5th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Things I've found so far:

It uses the words "take this and multiply it by that" to mean "take this to the blah-th power." Which is, of course, wrong.

It defines two things exactly the same way and then tells you that you should know the difference.

It gives you the definition for something and then either redefines it, so you're not sure which is right, or when it asks you to define it, the answer in the back is something totally different.

It randomly makes reference to something without defining it, and then asks you how to do it in the review.

Thank goodness for google!
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