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Creating a RAID 0 on an existing system

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February 19, 2010 12:33:29 AM

Hello, im looking to add a RAID 0 to my existing system for video capture and editing.
My setup right now:
1 small HDD for my OS (Win Xp 32)
1 Raptor for Games/ video editing
1 500gb for storage
Iam looking to add the RAID 0 as two new drives and eventually do away with the aging raptor drive. I was wondering if this was possible to do and if a procedure exists for it. ive tried a few of the things in this forum but i cant seem to get it to work the way i want.

Also, upon further digging it seems when i set up my system my drives were set as IDE instead of SATA i assume this hinders performance...Any way to change that aswell?
On a side note im trying to do this without reinstalling my OS if thats even possible.
a b G Storage
February 19, 2010 2:59:06 AM

What things have you tried exactly? I only ask so that we shouldn't suggest to you.
a b G Storage
February 19, 2010 12:53:52 PM

Hi. You can't add a RAID array to an exiting OS.
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February 19, 2010 11:04:57 PM

ill disregard that last post, and answer the first. Ive already attached the drives formatted them and enabled the RAID in the BIOS, restarted, hit CTRL- I and set up the array on the 2 new disks. Restarted and the OS wouldnt load because the BIOS setting labeled all the disks as RAID. I tried the prcdure in this thread http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/246398-32-install-raid-driver-installed but the OP was pretty vague on how he got his to work. I also tried one of the replies to that thread which was this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/196922-32-switching-storage-controllers-reinstalling-windows but the directions there werent exactly for what im trying to do.
February 19, 2010 11:08:36 PM

And to clarify.. I would like to leave my current disks as is. Add a RAID 0 with 2 new HDDs specificaly for video capture/editing/rendering. BUT if i can do this AND change the state of the other drives from IDE to SATA (if im not mistaken it would help those disks perform better) aswell, then id like to learn how to that.
February 19, 2010 11:40:25 PM

You should be able to add a raid with no problems. As long as you are not changing your boot drive, you can do it with some integrated raid and nearly all true hardware raid solutions. I just added a RAID card to my machine and didn't do a thing to the OS. I ensured the card I purchased was supported my OS with no driver.
February 20, 2010 12:41:29 AM

well that really doesnt help me..i assume its easy, but i dont know how to do it which is why i made the post. Im going for software RAID here because ive seen that its better than hardware RAID also.
February 20, 2010 1:22:04 AM

You may be able to - I never used software raid with Windows XP. If it is anything like setting up a software raid in windows 7, you will not have a problem. I was able to do that with no issues.
March 10, 2010 3:42:20 AM

ryankrewer13 said:
well that really doesnt help me..i assume its easy, but i dont know how to do it which is why i made the post. Im going for software RAID here because ive seen that its better than hardware RAID also.


Software RAID 0 better than hardware? Is it? I have been using raid cards for so long it never occurred to me to actually do a feature comparison. Silly me!

I'm not sure that MS XP will allow you to set up a software RAID at all, if by software raid you mean using the MMC Disk Administrator snap-in to manage some disks and volume sets. This Microsoft article forbids it for Raid 1 and Raid 5. Makes me doubt it will support Raid 0 either. I'm not a fan of Raid 0 anyway.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314343

Quote:
You cannot create mirrored volumes or RAID-5 volumes on Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP 64-Bit Edition-based computers.
a b G Storage
March 10, 2010 3:54:36 AM

^Maybe isn't totally true. A mirror RAID can be used on XP Professional (currently I'm using one on my company), maybe this is true if you want create the RAID array from Windows and not with a RAID controller card.
March 10, 2010 4:05:35 AM

I have solved my problem. I got windows 7. Set up software raid from the get go and its just awesome. Best thing i have ever done with my Rig.
a b G Storage
March 10, 2010 4:08:37 AM

Ohh...Good, now you can enojoy your rig. Good luck.
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