I was hoping not...a true hardware raid controller seems to be >$140
Ok I found a post similar to my situation (though it looks like they are trying to boot from the disk): http://superuser.com/questions/34955...dows-and-linux
The firmware RAID I have is this 'Intel RST' (Rapid Storage Technology). Here is what the poster had to say about Linux:
1. So using BIOS/UEFI I configured the SATA devices to RAID, which causes the Intel RST or Intel Matrix to appear in the boot process.
2. ...Linux contains 2 drivers for these devices, dmraid and mdraid (mdadm). dmraid is legacy and is actually pretty bad, but Intel was nice enough to support it in addition to mdraid, as it has older kernel support and is used solely by many other FAKE RAID makers. Either will work, but keep in mind that if one gives you issue, the other may not
This makes it sound like there are drivers for Linux that will recognize this Intel RST firmware...but I have no idea how to install them properly. When I go to 'Additional Drivers' in Linux Mint 12 all it shows me is my NVidia drivers.
After installing mdadm, no luck in detecting the RAID. After installing dmraid however, I now see the RAID1 device file in /dev/mapper and when I look at the Disk utility I can see both drives separately still, but they do say they are RAID devices now...
I'm hoping that once I re-install Windows 7 and format the mirror then they will appear as a single drive in Linux?