I have 4 1TB Lacie disks connected to a 4 port eSata card on a Dell T5500 Precision Workstation running Windows 8. I’d like to configure them as a RAID. Given the choice of doing this through Windows Disk Management or Intel Rapid Storage Technology, which is better and why?
However if you do not need to boot from the array then you do not need IRST. Leaving that out means that -in case of hardware defect- you use other motherboards without IRST. Even if only for the goal of recovering the data.
This means that I have slight preference for the normal windows solution.