I've just built my first striped RAID array and I can't believe how easy it\nwas and the terrific performance I'm getting from it.\n\nI was ordering a couple of cheap 40GB hard drives (Maxtor, ATA133 7,200rpm)\none to replace a crashed drive and one as a spare. I thought that I'd add a\ncheap Silicon Industries 0649 PCI RAID card for an extra tenner and play\nwith it. Easy to install, setup the striped two disk array in the BIOS, add\nthe driver in Windows XP and then format it as NTFS.\n\nI tested it with Sandra and it says a bandwidth of 93MB/s! My C: drive\n(80GB Samsung 7,200) only gets 29MB/s. OK so the RAID drive is completely\nempty but that shows an amazing improvement over a single drive. According\nto Sandra examples I should be getting 65MB/s.\n\nIs this typical for RAID arrays? How reliable are they in reality? Do many\nfolks out there use them for desktops?