Is it possible to convert from using hardware RAID to software RAID?
I've been using a hardware RAID controller built into my motherboard for two IDE drives setup as raid 0. Unfortunately my CPU died so now, since the system is a little old, I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard and cpu. However, the new motherboards I'm looking at don't have the same raid controller as the one I had (ITE 8212F). So, I now have a couple of questions.
* Firstly, if I plug the drives into a different raid controller will I still be able to read them? ie are all raid controllers compatible? I know that block size etc may differ but other than that if the block sizes are the same should I be able to just use them like before? I'm not really sure if the raid controllers put information at the beggining of the disks or something like that.
* Secondly, I heard that the ITE 8212F isn't really a hardware controller anyway and really just uses a software driver to implement the raid. SWo if this is the case is there a way to read the raid in linux without the the use of the raid controller? ie using linux software raid.
At the moment I don't have a working system to try anything out on but I wanted to ask this before committing myself to buying a motherboard. I could always buy a pci raid card using the ITE chip but if I don't need to then I'd rather do it another way.
Thanks in advace, any help would be great.