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Old 10-22-03, 09:15 AM Thread Starter   #1
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I need help with software RAID pls.


Fisrt i have 2 hard drives and XP pro and want to sw raid them if possible.

but i need to find answers for a few questions first.

1) Do i need any hardware for a software raid apart from, obvioulsy, the HD's?
2) Can i do SW RAID on Win xp pro ?
3) Do both hardrives have to be NFTS ?
4) Does the same OS need to be installed on each HD?


thanks a lot.
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Old 10-22-03, 09:22 AM   #2
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hmmm... uh... there's actually no way you can software RAID your disks and have Windows running off both... I think.

you can set up software raid after installing, after upgrade your disks to dynamic disks...

and I don't think it is worth the risk and trouble involved.

if you want raid, just get an IDE raid controller. you can find cheap ones for around $20.
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Old 10-22-03, 09:49 AM   #3
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What he said. Software raid sucks. There are no real gains and its a huge pain.

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to actually answer the questions

1 no
2 depends
3 yes
4 irrelevant.

5. dont do it, buy a hardware controller

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Hmm...I'm looking into RAID as well...any ideas on the good cheap controllers?
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Hmm...I'm looking into RAID as well...any ideas on the good cheap controllers?
i would go with a promise controller. they are quality controllers that won't make you go broke... just choose your favorite hardware retailer and do a search

by the way, some inexpensive controllers will have weak performance...

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