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How to set up RAID 1 with 2 hard drivers?

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July 27, 2011 6:30:03 PM

Hey guys, I have a mother board that is raid 0 1 0+1 5 etc compatible, but I don't believe that it has a built in raid card.
Here's my motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My budget is $100 and I need two hard drivers, cables, and a raid card.
Any suggestions?

Would this work? :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm going to install two SATA hard drives 3.0g/s

P.S. I have a 250GB HD that I just wiped, so I can use that - but won't it be awkward having a 250gb hd set up with a 500gb hard drive as raid 1?
If possible, could I partition the 500gb hd and use the first partition as raid 1 with the 250gb hd?


Thanks a bunch

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July 28, 2011 1:07:27 AM

Your motherboard has a built-in RAID controller, but the $12 SYBA card doesn't.
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If possible, could I partition the 500gb hd and use the first partition as raid 1 with the 250gb hd?
It depends on the controller. You should find more info about your motherboard's RAID controller.
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July 28, 2011 1:12:19 AM

Oh, I wish I knew that before I placed the order. I should really read more.

Thanks for your help
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July 28, 2011 1:24:37 AM

REgarding your question on mixing 250gb with 500gb, Iknow its possible to do so on a Intel motherboard, it has been possible since 2004, so I bet AMD has a equal solution by now.

Anyway, friend, you do not want to RAID 1, that was when a 100GB HDD costed $500, nowadays its best to get a external hard drive for backup purposes.
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July 28, 2011 1:54:57 AM

You can't expect a $12 card without a BIOS to support RAID. Even if it did, you couldn't boot from it.

A card like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... has RAID support, but it costs a bit more.

Using the motherboard's RAID controller should provide better performance than a PCI card.
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July 28, 2011 7:07:24 PM

leandrodafontoura said:
REgarding your question on mixing 250gb with 500gb, Iknow its possible to do so on a Intel motherboard, it has been possible since 2004, so I bet AMD has a equal solution by now.

Anyway, friend, you do not want to RAID 1, that was when a 100GB HDD costed $500, nowadays its best to get a external hard drive for backup purposes.

I agree with some of the other points made in this thread:
The PCI card is pretty much useless, so I'm going to go with the built in raid controller.

I now have 4 hard drives:
2x 500 GB, 1x250GB, 1x160GB

My mobo can support raid 5, but I'm not 100% what it is or if I should do it.
What do you suggest?
Raid 5
Raid 0+1
Raid 1 and Raid 0 (is this the same as above)?

Also if you could, please explain to me what raid 5 is in layman terms :) 

Thanks a bunch!
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July 28, 2011 8:30:18 PM

Can you explain why you want to use RAID? Ideally you'd use identical RAID ready hard disks.

If you really want to setup RAID, then create a 500 GB RAID 1 using both 500 GB drives. Then you could create a second 160 GB RAID 1 using the other drives.

RAID 0+1 requires 4 preferably identical hard disks and you lose half of the storage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_0%2B1

RAID 5 requires at least 3 disks and you lose the equivalent of one disk for parity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID RAID 5 will perform poorly with your controller and I wouldn't recommend it with the hard disks that you have. Could you get rid of both the 160 GB and the 250 GB and get another (or two) identical 500 GB drives?
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July 28, 2011 8:38:51 PM

GhislainG said:
Can you explain why you want to use RAID? Ideally you'd use identical RAID ready hard disks.

If you really want to setup RAID, then create a 500 GB RAID 1 using both 500 GB drives. Then you could create a second 160 GB RAID 1 using the other drives.

RAID 0+1 requires 4 preferably identical hard disks and you lose half of the storage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raid_0%2B1

RAID 5 requires at least 3 disks and you lose the equivalent of one disk for parity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID RAID 5 will perform poorly with your controller and I wouldn't recommend it with the hard disks that you have. Could you get rid of both the 160 GB and the 250 GB and get another (or two) identical 500 GB drives?


I'm setting up a dedicated computer at work that will host a webserver (used by 10 people) and it will host a quick books server. I need the raid so we don't loose our data if one of the drives fail.

I could loose the two smaller HD's, however I prefer to utilize what I have rather than spending more money.
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July 28, 2011 8:56:37 PM

I understand, but don't consider a RAID as a backup. Unless it isn't important, perform regular backups of your data to an external device that can be taken off site or at least kept in another area. A RAID doesn't protect against file deletions, virus infections or stolen equipment.
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July 28, 2011 9:05:41 PM

GhislainG said:
I understand, but don't consider a RAID as a backup. Unless it isn't important, perform regular backups of your data to an external device that can be taken off site or at least kept in another area. A RAID doesn't protect against file deletions, virus infections or stolen equipment.

Thanks for your expert advice!
I don't worry much about getting a virus or having my equipment stolen, I worry however that may hard drive may fail in which case I would loose my data.

If I am not mistaken, external HDD's can also fail?
So in a sense, the second hard drive w/ raid acts just like an external hdd.
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July 28, 2011 10:05:51 PM

zerkeipro said:
Thanks for your expert advice!
I don't worry much about getting a virus or having my equipment stolen, I worry however that may hard drive may fail in which case I would loose my data.

If I am not mistaken, external HDD's can also fail?
So in a sense, the second hard drive w/ raid acts just like an external hdd.

An external hard disk can fail, but you have a copy on your system disk and, for people like myself, a copy on 2 separate external hard disks or all important data is uploaded to another site.
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July 28, 2011 10:18:36 PM

Ah, I get what you're saying.
So raid is pretty much an expensive alternative to using an external hard drive, so it is much better to use an external hdd?
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July 29, 2011 1:26:34 AM

RAID 1 (or any other RAID) is not an alternative to backups. While RAID 1 is very good, it doesn't help when files are corrupted or deleted by mistake. Given the choice between RAID and regular full backups, I'd go with the latter. However I usually implement both RAID and daily backups (full or incremental).
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July 29, 2011 2:34:08 AM

Thanks for the clarification.
I've decided to go with RAID 1, and use the two other hard drives as if they were external backups.
This way I can do exactly what you've mentioned :) 

For this specific server however, I think this would be suitable as I don't worry much about getting a virus, deleted file, etc..

I've decided that it would be best to use the following:
2x 500 GB (same hd) RAID 1
1x 250 GB backup harddrive that will hold important files
1x 160GB same as above
1x 2GB dropbox account same as above

Hopefully with the utility of this specific hardware and the usage of dropbox we'll have a safe server.

Thanks for your help
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