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RAID 1 possible, for non boot disks, after OS install?

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December 8, 2010 7:10:47 PM

Hey there techxperts!

I've been here on tom's long enough to learn alot, but haven't quiet gotten the hang of raid setups.


Rig 2 in member config, will be changing storage

Currently I have: Asus Maximus III Formula P55
1x320GB Samsung HD322GJ
1x500GB Samsung HD503HI

Now i have the machine running off the HD503HI and last week got a hold of the HD322GJ to keep as my boot disk. I'll be doing a clean install of window7ultimate x64 on the 320GB and keep the 500GB as a data/backup drive.

I'd want to get another 2x500GB's(dunno when) and run them in RAID 1. Question is, do i need to install the RAID drivers during OS install (at initial stages) in order to setup a RAID array in the future?

I've read up on how to setup a RAID 0 array during windows installation, but haven't stumbled across people trying to do RAID 1 after an install, most of them have the HDD's bought beforehand. Kinda crippled with work so haven't had the time+my hard drives are overflowing.

I'd also want to know if I can setup any array (not for OS) in the above case?

Please Advise

Thank you for your time
December 8, 2010 8:03:33 PM

No problem to install the RAID drivers after the Win7 install. In fact, it's easier to do it that way.

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a c 108 G Storage
December 8, 2010 8:07:07 PM

?? No longer necessary to install any RAID drivers in Windows 7. Its all built in now thankfully.....it was a PITA in XP.

You can easily create a RAID 1 whenever you want after OS install.
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a c 108 G Storage
December 8, 2010 8:10:58 PM

Get a good Spinpoint F3 500GB or 1TB for your C: drive........you have 2 x 5400RPM drives listed for you choice and you will regret that. Everything will load slow.
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December 8, 2010 8:12:34 PM

YO Anort3!!!!

huh?? really, i don't need to install ANY drivers? what about the Intel Matrix Storage Driver that's needed for setup? i was reading intel's rebranded matrix storage tech, called rapid storage technology.

So all i do is go over a clean install, keep the 500Gb and later when i get a pair of 500's i just plug them in, set the sata to RAID and i'm off or is there more to it? mind you dude's, i'll have precious data on both 320GB+500GB (leave the pair of 500's out).
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December 8, 2010 8:16:30 PM

anort3 said:
Get a good Spinpoint F3 500GB or 1TB for your C: drive........you have 2 x 5400RPM drives listed for you choice and you will regret that. Everything will load slow.



huh? the HD322GJ is a Spinpoint F4/7200RPM and review indicate its a good boot drive. I looked up the numbers before i got a hold of it.The HD503HI is a Spinpoint F3/7200RPM but is rated as an ecogreen drive.

Look here and you can select the drive models via the dropdown menu - http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel...
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a c 108 G Storage
December 8, 2010 8:20:49 PM

Nope no more pain in rear RAID driver install. The matrix storage manager can be downloaded after install.
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a c 108 G Storage
December 8, 2010 8:22:33 PM

Lutfij said:
huh? the HD322GJ is a Spinpoint F4/7200RPM and review indicate its a good boot drive. I looked up the numbers before i got a hold of it.The HD503HI is a Spinpoint F3/7200RPM but is rated as an ecogreen drive.

Look here and you can select the drive models via the dropdown menu - http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/productmodel...



My bad wrong drive I was looking at.
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December 8, 2010 8:35:36 PM

^ I'll PM you when i get a hold of the 2x500GB's. Thanks for the answers!

Cheers bro!
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December 8, 2010 8:39:57 PM

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February 23, 2012 11:09:35 PM

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