Iam looking at the longer road.
Eventually when i go scsi I will bung all my ide hdds onto that controller.
I always though controller memory would be an advantage as it can keep the regulary written /read info into memory.
I have never used 2ware controllers.
Do you have a particular one in mind.
My latest raid controller is the adaptec 1200A - its standard, but quite good. the Setup util is easy to use and the software supplied is ok.
The controller has never let me down, never hung or crash, and has hot plug and play raid 1+0 JOBD.
However i think my controller is limiting me :- becuase when i run benchmarks on my HDDs they come out to be slower then 1 single drive in raid 0, in raid 1 they are similar.
I will be using raid 0 and would be looking at windows xp pro/ maybe 2003 sbs server.
Ive looked at Areca, they are out of my budjet.