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    Iwill Side Raid 66 Controller Review
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    Introduction

    For the most part when someone mentions RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks), people tend to think of SCSI. Well awhile back, Promise Technologies came up with a cheaper alternative, IDE RAID. Improvements to IDE technology lead to the birth of the FastTrack66 card which utilized the new ATA/66 compatible hard drives to deliver even greater performance. It was inevitable that another company would create their own IDE RAID solution. Thus enter the new Iwill Super IDE RAID66. This new creation is Iwill's answer to the Promise FastTrack66 card. Both cards are designed to provide support for various RAID levels including, RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1. The card can be used as a stand alone ATA/66 controller, but needs a minimum of two drives to utilize the RAID function. If you're confused about what exactly RAID is, let me give a brief summary.

    Features
    • Super IDE RAID 66
    • Supports PCI bus and Ultra ATA66/33 drives
    • Supports minimum 2 and maximum 4 drives
    • Supports RAID Levels:
      • RAID 0, striping 2 to 4 drives
      • RAID 1, mirroring 2 drives
      • RAID 0+1, 4 drives only (Mirroring + Striping)
    • Supports Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Windows NT 4.x
    • Special external connector for external IDE Hard Drive connection
    • Two ATA66 cables (80 wires / 40-pin) with 3 heads


    What Is RAID?

    Well, I've gone through this already in my previous review of the FastTrack66 controller, but it doesn't hurt to go over it again. RAID or Redundant Array of Independent Disks is basically a way to organize multiple hard drives into a single entity or array. So for example, if you have 10 hard drives, you can use RAID to treat them all as one drive. The way they are used together is determined by the level of RAID used. The main levels that the Iwill card supports are RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 0+1.

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    1. Intro/What Is RAID?
    2. RAID 0/RAID 1/RAID 0+1
    3. Installation
    4. Testing/Benchmark Scores
    5. Interperting The Results/Applications
    6. Comparison To FastTrack66/Conclusion
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    Author: Tom Solinap
    Company: Iwill
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