It is possible. The motherboard is mostly irrelevant.
The way I read your questions is as follows.
Main disk array Backup disk array
(build from two drives (build from two drives
in a standard mirror) in a standard mirror)
No automatic synchronisation between the main array and the backup array.
(Thus accidentaly deleting anything on the main array will not affect the backup).
Creating a standard 2 disk mirror (aka RAID 1) can be done in many ways.
- It is bog standard. All hardware RAID card support it.
- You can do it in software (e.g. use mdadm for GNU/Linux or via diskmanagement in windows 7)
- You can use Fake RAID. In this case you get the worst combination from software and hardware RAID and it is the only solution in which the motherboard matters. Avoid like the plague.
However I would like to comment on this four drive dual mirror setup.
- RAID is not backup. If lightning strikes you still loose all you data. If there is a fire you still loose all your data. Etc. Etc. Backups are a good thing, but a backup in the same PC is not a safe solution.
- Why use a RAID array at all for the backup disk? Why not use a mirror (Both for the higher speed and to recover recent changes from a 1 disk failure), a single local backup disk and a remote backup (preferably keeping the latter elsewhere).
- If you want speed: You can gain more performance by using RAID1E.
Graphically represented the most likely RAID options for 4 drives would look like this:
(RAID10 added for completeness sake)