I recently bought a new PC with a Gigabyte Z97P-D3 motherboard. One of the things it supports that my old machine didn't is RAID so I had planned to transfer my 2x 1TB hard drives from my old machine to my new, and try to figure out how to setup RAID 1.
I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate edition, and had the two driver setup in a mirrored fashion using the Windows software based RAID. When I transferred the drives from my old machine to my new one they automatically re-synced and were up and running. Based on the fact that I don't know how to setup RAID on my new motherboard I just stuck with that so far.
What I'm wondering is whether I should try to figure out how to setup the one on the motherboard however. Specifically the things I'm wondering are:
- If one of the drives fails which is simpler to recover data? i.e. Could I just remove the good drive and connect it up to another machine if I needed to?
- Is one faster than the other? Obviously Windows based RAID is using the CPU, but is this also the case for RAID on the motherboard?
My particular use case for having mirrored RAID is simply that I have a lot of photos/videos of my kids over the last few years that are infrequently accessed, but are starting to take up a lot of space - memories that I wouldn't want to lose. So it's not a drive I'm actively using day to day.