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Software to combine 2 hard drives as 1?

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May 2, 2004 5:36:58 AM

I have a bunch of old PC parts, including a few really small hard drives. I had some spare time, so I figured I'd put together a computer from all the stuff laying around. Question is, is there any software out there to combine several hard drives into one? I know I can get a controller card and what not, but I'm just looking for something simple. If not, it's back top spare parts :)  thanks
May 3, 2004 4:45:49 AM

What os are you running. If you have xp pro you can convert the disks to dynamic disks and create stripped volumes. Fair warning, in my experience, if you have faster drives and a slower drive, it will slow down the stripped volume to the speed of the slowest harddrive.
May 3, 2004 5:39:42 AM

You can also map one drive to a directory on another. Like C:\stuff could be the second drive. Control panel -> adminitrative tools -> computer management is where you would find it I believe.
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May 3, 2004 1:40:54 PM

Windows 2000 and XP pro allow you to create a stripped software RAID array.

Windows 2000 server allows you to create a software mirrored array.

This can all be done through disk management.

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May 4, 2004 1:14:14 AM

What about JBOD?

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May 4, 2004 3:30:53 PM

I have no idea is they support JBOD in software, but I wouldnt have thought that would be to hard.

P4c 2.6@3.25
512Mb PC4000
2x120Gb 7200.7 in RAID0
Waterchill KT12-L30
Abit AI7
Radeon 9800Pro
May 4, 2004 5:44:23 PM

JBOD should actually be easier than Level 0, as all it does is fill one drive to the end and start on the next.

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May 4, 2004 9:45:14 PM

Windows 2K and XP supports JBOD in software. It's called extended volume or something. No idea because I never used it. Easiest way would be to mount the drive as a folder on the other drive though.

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May 5, 2004 7:33:14 AM

Is it possible to mount a network drive as a folder out of interest? I was thinking about maybe having the music directory from my main computer shared between my other two, but I dont want to make it a shared drive and its a bitch typing in the full address.

P4c 2.6@3.25
512Mb PC4000
2x120Gb 7200.7 in RAID0
Waterchill KT12-L30
Abit AI7
Radeon 9800Pro
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