Hi everybody. I’ve just bought an extra hard drive of 250GB and I already had one of 120GB.
I'd like to put them in RAID 1 to backup My Documents in a easy way
But I’m not familiar with RAID.
Can somebody answer the following questions?
Is it possible to put a hard drive of 250 GB in RAID1 with a hard drive of 120GB and mirror the one of 120GB on the 205GB HD AND use the free space (250>120) to run XP and other software?
Or do I have to make a partition on the biggest hard drive to make this possible?
And then again, is it possible to put a “partitioned” hard drive in RAID1 without causing problems?
If you plan on using the array as the system/boot drive, you'll most likely need to reinstall the OS. If this is the case, you may want to get two 250g drives. Also, like eveiltechie said, make sure your system can support large drives.
Why don't you just give it a try?
Theoretically its possible. In practice however, I would guess that you would start to see some slowdown for hard drive accesses, especially to the 250GB drive. The RAID controller may not let you do it.