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Combining Storage of 2 HDDs

by MousePotato / September 9, 2005 5:58 PM PDT

What is the proper procedure (easiest and safest) for putting 2 EIDE hard drives together? I have a 40-gig and a 20-gig and I want to combine them as a 60GB drive.

My desktop's OS is Win2K Pro and my system is in NTFS format.

--David

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Cheapest?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 9, 2005 10:05 PM PDT

Get a 60GB drive. But I just got a 300GB for 99 bucks so it doesn't make sense to buy IDE RAID or such cards that combine the drives.

-> My advice? go shopping.

Bob

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Combining my Primary Master and Primary Slave drives
by MousePotato / September 28, 2005 3:21 PM PDT
In reply to: Cheapest?

Is there any way that I can use the IDE supporters that I already have on my motherboard to allow them to be a 60GB drive while they're both connected to my Primary controller? If not, could I otherwise choose to make the second drive (20GB) to only be registered as a 2nd partition (a 20-gig partition of a 60-gig drive)?

My system uses Win2K Pro and the motherboard's onboard IDE controllers support up to 4 drives (2 per ribbon), and both of my 2 CD drives (ROM and RW) are already on the secondary controller.
--David

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(NT) (NT) I think you know the answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2005 9:27 PM PDT
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I'm actually still a little bit lost
by MousePotato / September 29, 2005 1:50 PM PDT

Bob,
Actually, I'm not exactly sure if the required configuration is to be made in BIOS settings or in maybe only using Windows' Device Manager.

Do you know of any tweak tools that can help me make any required adjustments for this in a good user-friendly manner? If not, where can I find anything like a good ReadMe.txt or .pdf doc with the right instructions?

--David

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The answer is no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2005 9:52 PM PDT

Windows doesn't offer any method of accomplishing this feat.

That's why you would feel lost trying to do this.

Bob

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Alternative use for 2nd HDD
by MousePotato / October 4, 2005 1:10 PM PDT
In reply to: The answer is no.

Bob,
As you say that Win doesn't offer any method of doing this, do you only mean that Win doesn't come with this option itself or that it won't even allow any 3rd-party apps to enable such a tweak?

And if the latter is true, would you suggest that I maybe set up the 20GB drive as a backup (drive D:/) and Secondary partition while making the full 40GB the Primary/Logical partition?
--David

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Not a native "feat".
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2005 1:17 PM PDT

If there is a 3rd party tool, I've not aware of it being less costly than a RAID card (which has issues) or a new drive.

Did you spot the 300GB 7200RPM drives for 99 bucks today? Wowsers.

"And if the latter is true, would you suggest that I maybe set up the 20GB drive as a backup (drive D:/) and Secondary partition while making the full 40GB the Primary/Logical partition?"

That works just fine. Why not?

Bob

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