I know there is another thread on RAID right now, but I didn't want to crash it since I am looking at something different. I am a newbie to RAID, but I have done "some" reading up. I want to put together a system using 2x WD80GB drives in RAID-1 for mirroring only, and also have a CDRW on normal IDE. I plan on using the ASUS A7V8X motherboard The motherboard has 2 IDE sockets for ATA100, and 1 socket for RAID. Do I do a master/slave (with jumpers) with the 2 drives and hook it up to the RAID port and leave the CDRW as master on IDE-0 ...or what? I would think that I would want them both as Masters running independently, but there is one raid port and 2 normal IDE. lets suppose I wanted 3 RAID-1 drives,....how do I then do that since the IDE cable only has 1 branch...and the MB only has one RAID socket?....the board supports 3 RAID-1 drives. thanks for any help!!!