are RAID capable? My information is that they may not be. WD makes "RE" drives which are said to be better for RAID array use. These drives are actually simpler in their controllers as I understand it. Read about "deep cycle recovery" issues that cause RAID failures. A google search for that term will give you plenty of material. I've used RAID 1 with both IDE and SATA controllers. I can say that I personally had no problems and no failures in several years of use on 3 home built machines but have been lucky. I wouldn't, however, us a RAID array as a total backup solution but only as part of the plan. In any event, if your WD drives are not RE models, Western Digital does not recommend them for RAID use. Sorry bout that. Good luck.
I'm on Vista Ultimate SP2.
Currently I have a C:\ drive, on Western Digital 640 GB internal SATA. It contains all my programs and some data. I have learned the hard way that I want to use RAID 1 internally for backup. I purchased another identical Western Digital 640 GB drive to plug in another SATA plug inside.
So I'm hoping for some basic install info. Particularly, I have read that I have to format BOTH drives to install the RAID... but obviously don't want to lose years of programs files, AppData, settings, etc. etc.
So I guess I'm wondering if I can use Acronis or something similar to save my current C:\ drive and then load that onto both 640's ?? I am completely confused about how to install RAID if I already have my main Windows boot drive all full of precious files, folders.
I can supply more info if needed... I am just about totally blind as to how to procced here.
Thanks very much!!