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Setting up RAID 5 on Windows Server 2008

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Title:Setting up RAID 5 on Windows Server 2008

Description
The following guide will step you through setting up RAID5 on your Windows Server 2008 system for data redundancy.

Pre-requisites
[_] Windows Server 2008
[_] Administrative account to above system
[_] Atleast three extra hard-drives(Min of three needed for RAID5)

Instructions
1. Login with the Administrative account

2. Navigate to 'Computer Management' (Start->Administrative Tools->Computer Management)



3. In 'Computer Management' click on 'Disk Management' and you should see something like the following:



4. Right click on each of your new Disks, and select 'Online'



5. Now Right click on one of them again and select 'Initialize Disk'



6. You can accept the default configurations and select [OK] (All three[or more] disks should already be selected)



7. Now right click on one of the drives and select 'New RAID-5 Volume...'



8. On the RAID-5 Wizard screen click [Next]



9. On the 'Select Disks' screen highlight and click [Add >] for the disks you wish to have added to the 'Selected' list. Then click [Next]



10. You'll now be asked to pick a drive letter for your new RAID5 volume, select what you would like then click [Next]



11. On the 'Format Volume' screen, change the features you would like to. (Large volumes will take a very long time to format, but is the best way to confirm that your disks are functioning.) For this test we're going to select 'Perform a quick format', and change the 'Volume Label' to "Test". Then click [Next]



12. On the 'Completing' screen click [Finish], you may then see the next popup click [Yes]



13. The setup may take some time, but when it completes you should now see your new drive letter in the area above the physical drive list.



14. You will now be able to go to your 'Computer' and access this new redundant storage. (Anything you put in here will now be protected against the loss of one of the three drives.)

Wrap-up
Being able to setup RAID5 using software is an easy way to save money and get a redundant storage media. You will be able to have one disk fail and your data will still be safe. If you loose two disks your data is gone. For very important data always keep off system backups.
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