I have to define, kt7-RAID, which I own a board with that on it, is software assisted RAID. It does handle RAID in hardware, yes, but the RAID itself does not boot off BIOS, allowing hardware control that isn't dependant on the system board BIOS. "Real" RAID, and "Fake" RAID, are just easy ways to differentiate in Linux hardware that relies on underlying software to help it work.-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Craig White wrote:OK - understand, motherboard with fake raid connectors for fake raid.not fake. see; http://www.motherboard.cz/mb/abit/kt7-raid.htm for view of board. [no longer shown on abit site] [note: do not get sidetracked and lost checking top and side links.] from all that i can find, and reading wiki link, highpoint technologies hpt370 chip is a *true* raid chip. see; http://www1.epinions.com/review/S0616096-Socket_A_KT7-RAID/content_24339910276 so, i maintain, abit kt7-raid is *true raid*, and where i stand. unless you can find something to show otherwise. - -- tc,hago. g . in a free world without fences, who needs gates. learn linux: 'Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition' http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz 'The Linux Documentation Project' http://www.tldp.org/ 'HowtoForge' http://howtoforge.com/ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.5 (GNU/Linux) Comment: Using GnuPG with Red Hat - http://enigmail.mozdev.org iD8DBQFJAhyL+C4Bj9Rkw/wRAsC2AJ0Tq9JtwVcLcXN4DLJNBKKXfKn3hQCfVFWW I9Nh2dLkRA1f4omJnEhfiS4= =kD4o -----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
"Real" RAID will offer you a different boot proccess: POST --> RAID BIOS --> PXE --> O/s, which isn't in place for the Highpoint on board items.
Matter of fact I have the same exact board as you are mentioning, and while there is the ability to set up a raid type on the BIOS, it doesn't allow you to RAID before an O/S is installed. a 'REAL' RAID card is like 3ware's 9500LP series, or other add on Multi-RAID option boards.
If you need drivers to create your array it is software assisted. It is that simple. The HighPoint chipsets have always been like that. It is rather like arguing that a winmodem is a real hardware modem. You can get this sucker to boot on Linux in RAID 1/0/which ever one you use, it just has to work with the help of mdadmin as well.
Sorry about the sort of Rant but the board is designed for Windows with linux as an afterthought.
Other than that it is a great board.
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