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Intel enables RAID 1 support on 865, 875 chipsets

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Intel has updated its chipset support software to enable RAID 1 arrays. It also adds support for Windows 2000.

The release, version 3.5 of Intel's Application Accelerator RAID Edition, enables RAID 1 - disk mirroring - on certain 865 and 875 chipsets. The previous version, 3.0, only offered RAID 0 - data 'striping' - support.

However, users of the new software will still have to decide which RAID level they wish to implement - the software doesn't support the use of both modes, aka RAID 0+1, ExtremeTech reports.

The software works with Intel's 82801ER Serial ATA RAID controller, which hooks up to the Intel 82801ER I/O Controller Hub, aka the ICH5R South Bridge, one of the two such chips offered as part of the 865 and 875 chipsets. Users will need to check with their specific motherboard's maker whether their boards use that part.

While Application Accelerator RAID Edition 3.5 adds Windows 2000 to its list of supported operating systems, Intel has yet to implement a Linux version. So far only Windows XP Home and Pro are supported.

The update can be downloaded here. ®

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