I do not know the difference between software and hardware RAID. I can tell you the Motherboard has raid capability I believe. The motherboard is a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD7 Ultra Durable 3. On the web page: [http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-990FXA-UD7-rev-1x#ov] it says, " AMD SB950 provides 6 native SATA3 ports with super-fast 6Gbps link speed and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 support". I have given the link so you can see the complete description of my motherboard. The manual for the motherboard is still packed away in boxes somewhere in many unpacked boxes back when I moved. However, I was able to locate the motherboard box which is how I got the model of the AMD Platform Motherboard. Basically, I have a FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-core Black Edition Unlocked Processor and 32GB of Corsair Dominator RAM. The RAM is 4 sticks of 8GB's each and is a speed matched set of 4. The 2 new SSD Drives I have are Intel 520 Series 120GB drives which I have in addition to the 3 WD Velocity Raptor 10,000rmp hard drives that I have to use in my build. The Operating System is Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Full Version. I do not know if the OS has any bearing on if RAID is supported or not, that is why I provided that bit of information for you. If you need more information to fully answer my original question, please let me know. Thank you.