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RAID 0 and RAID 1 Queries....

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a b G Storage
December 7, 2009 7:47:57 AM

Hi Everyone,

I have a Seagate 7200.11 SATA HDD and a am buying a WD 1TB WD1001FALS. I have placed the order and i will get it soon. I would like to know.
1. Can they be setup in RAID?

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a b G Storage
December 7, 2009 9:54:22 AM

If they're the same capacity, yes. Which RAID type were you looking at? I wouldn't recommend RAID 0 - the .11s are somewhat unreliable as it is, and RAID 0 increases the odds of failure.
a b G Storage
December 7, 2009 10:02:14 AM

No they are not of the same capacity! :( 
Seagate 7200.11 is 500GB.
WD is 1TB.
That's why i was looking at RAID 1 coz 7200.11 is unreliable, I guess all my RAID dreams are nipped in the bud! :pfff: 
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a b G Storage
December 8, 2009 3:33:47 AM

You can setup a 500 gb raid 1 with the computer listed in your sig. The other 500 gigs on the 1tb drive will be wasted.
a b G Storage
December 8, 2009 8:27:27 AM

:(  :( 
All my raiding dreams are over for now!
December 8, 2009 1:54:32 PM

Actually, you should be able to create a software RAID in Windows. You could could convert your 500GB disk to a dynamic disk. Then partition your 1TB drive into two 500 GB partitions. Create a RAID with your 1st disk and half of your second disk. The other half of the second disk can be a separate (non-RAID) partition.
a b G Storage
December 8, 2009 8:11:01 PM

Can you do that with a boot drive though? I thought Windows software raid couldn't be bootable...
December 9, 2009 4:32:10 PM

Not on Windows XP, not sure about Windows 7. He would have to use a partition for the OS and then he could RAID the other partitions.
a b G Storage
December 10, 2009 2:48:40 AM

Could you guys give me the steps to do the software RAID?
December 10, 2009 5:40:48 PM

1. Convert the partitions to be raided to Dynamic Disks (right click the partition in disk manager and select convert to dynamic disk). This cannot be done for the boot drive in Windows XP.

2. Right click on your dynamic disks and choose new Mirrored volume.

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