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Need advice on reliable raid 1 setup for Windows 7 desktop

  • NAS / RAID
  • Desktops
  • Storage
  • Windows 7
Last response: in Storage
May 9, 2014 10:39:28 PM

Everytime my hard disk fails abruptly, i am forced to watch helplessly lose all the data. I have decided to put an end to this problem once and for all. What i am looking/not looking for is listed below. Please help me choose the right way to do it

    A 1 TB raid 1 setup on two WD blue sata drives (software or hardware raid?)

    Win 7 x64 will be run from a regular ide drive so even if os crashes for any reason, my raid should not fail (i don't know this, just hoping for it)

    If one of the drives in the raid fails, i should be able to revive the raid without losing any data on the other healthy drive (Do i need to backup this data to a third drive in order to rebuild data after adding a replacement drive? If yes, this just defeats the whole purpose of using raid in the first place)

    I don't use ups, random power failures are imminent. Will this fail my raid?

    My mobo is a Gigabyte 78LMT-S2PT. Do i need a third party raid controller to achieve all this?

    I am not looking for a NAS solution, just a raid setup (not necessarily out of the box) that actually does what it says.

My Seagate 1 tb external is failing so I need a solution asap

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a b $ Windows 7
a c 162 G Storage
May 10, 2014 12:44:12 AM

loosing power while writing to a HDD will lead to data loss and might even damage the HDD.

if you live in an area that has power outages you should invest in an UPS.

Yes losing one drive on an RAID1 will allow you to access the data from the other drive and you do not need to backup to a third drive to restore the RAID array.

you mother board has six SATA ports to build you RAID use PORT# 2+3. Port #0+1 might not work if your are booting of the IDE