I friend of mine recently dropped a butt-load of money on a new system. He planned on setting up his hard drives in a RAID array, but didn't know much about it. I've never delt with this myself, but we agreed to make it a lerning experience and hope it worked out. The problem we ran into is this:
He bought 3 80 GB herd drives, it never occured to either of us that there would be a different type of data cable required for RAID (opposed to the flat parallel cables that would normally plug into the drive).

Is there some sort of adapter we need in order to attach the raid cables to the drives, or do we need to buy special RAID hard drives?

Also, there's the power issue. with three hard drives, two dvd drives, and a video card that takes two power plugs...can I buy a spliter to run power to more devices?

thanks in advance for the help, let me know if you need more information.