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RAID Installation

by cota348 / October 9, 2005 11:42 PM PDT

I purchased an Intel 955XBK motherboard and two SATA drives and want to use RAID technology.

The guy that installed the system setup the BIOS as IDE and now I would like to migrate to RAID.

As I understand, I need to install Windows XP again in order to use RAID, what I need to know is:

1) Since the Windows XP installed already has a lot of programs and data, what steps and software should I use to minimize all this work?

2) Is there any method to avoid reinstalling the Windows XP?

3) Is it worthy?

Thanks in advance

Regards
Jose

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I wouldn't bother
by thought_stazi / October 10, 2005 1:18 AM PDT
In reply to: RAID Installation

Installing the operating system on a RAID array is pointless. RAID arrays are for backing up DATA in a redundant fashion.

And while there are programs that purport to migrate programs from one drive to another, they're unreliable. They may work 100 times, and then fail for no apparent reason. Since Windows95, some 10 years ago now, Microsoft has been on a slow, but steady, march to make that sort of thing impossible. Your best bet is to make sure to have the installation media handy and backed up.

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by cota348 / October 11, 2005 4:50 AM PDT
In reply to: I wouldn't bother

Thanks for sharing your point of view.

There are several RAID volume, for instance RAID 0 is for performance, RAID 1 is for reliability, etc..

I agree with you it would be pointless to setup RAID for only operating system. I meant that in order to use RAID you are required to reinstall the operating system.

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