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Raid 5 Along With A Single Hard Drive


Is it possible to have vista on a single hard drive, and a raid5 system (3 hdds) on the same sata controller? If so, how do i set one up?

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Single Ssd Drive To Raid 0

I got an extra 60gb vertex ssd for christmas. I am wanting to put them in raid 0 configuration. The issue is i already have a 60gb vertex ssd as my main os drive. Is there an easy way to migrate from a single ssd to raid 0 configuration without having to do a complete reinstall?

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Posted On: 06-19-2009, 11:01 AM . View Related Posts . . View 15 Replies .

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I'd really hate to have to reinstall all my stuff and vista. It isn't like ram or a video card which you can pop in and be set with a replacement in a hour. But if this just means the drive will flat out die in a few months, then i'll replace it. Of course, i have backed up most of my important data onto dvds. What do you all recommend?


Posted On: 07-17-2009, 12:44 AM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 01-18-2010, 10:43 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I a question concerning a raid (stripe) partition. I have 3 drives in my system. A ssd 30gb vertex (that windows 7 is on). A 640 wd blue and a 1tb wd black

What im wanting to do is create a raid array out of those 2 spinning disks just for data storage. Likely 3 partitons, which would be a total of little over 1100gb. After i install win7 on the ssd. I was thinking maybe like 35gb partition for the docs/temp/page file (i moved all temp, and pagefile off the ssd). 400gb partition for games
And remaining 700 and something for videos/music

If i create this all based on the 640gb drive, that should leave 300ish gb unallocated on the 1tb drive. Will i be able to use that unallocated space for acronis secure zone back up area, even though it will not be a raid, or will i just loose all that space all together. I was going to use the intel matrix storage also if that matters.


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Posted On: 06-01-2009, 11:57 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 04-13-2009, 07:34 PM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 06-02-2009, 08:48 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Cpus get faster and faster. Memory gets cheaper and cheaper. Hard drives. Well, they still suck. 99% of the time when something is slowing down my machine at work or at home, it's because something is thrashing the hard drive. I don't want that to be the limiting factor anymore. Ssds are still too unreliable and too expensive for me right now - there's still way too many unknowns in how they work in real-world situations for me to be dropping 600 bucks on a 500 gb drive. Would a raid 5 array (or some other configuration) with a hardware controller and speedy sata drives be a very noticeable jump? I'm looking at boot times and hard drive intensive tasks, like converting photos or virus scanning. I'm thinking 4-ish wd black 500 or 640gb drives in raid 5, using some lower end ($250-ish) pci express hardware raid controllers. The drives are cheap enough that i can afford to buy a bunch. Can anyone give me an idea if this sort of setup is going to be stupid fast, or am i still going to sit there watching my hard drive light flicker? Presume the rest of my rig is brand new (core i7, lots of ram, 64 bit os). If there's another setup that would be faster (without breaking the bank), please let me know.

Posted On: 04-30-2009, 01:01 PM . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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Posted On: December 27th 2006 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Use Laptop Hard Drives In Raid 5 Array For Whs System Drive

One thing i don't like about whs is the lack of failure protection for the system drive. If the system drive dies the whs is toast. I have an adaptec 3805 hardware raid card ( 8 x internal sas/sata ), and am considering putting the os on a raid 5 array. Doesn't need to be be particularly big in capacity, but small in physical volume occupied by the drives and low power consumption. To this end i am considering a super-micro 8 2. 5inch drives into 2 5. 25inch bay module, and a set of seagate 7200. 3 laptop hard-drives, probably 4 500gb in a raid 5. The 7200 drives don't use much more power than the 5400 drives. I checked the data sheets. Data is currently on 3. 5inch seagate drives

How crazy is the idea of using laptop hard-drives ( 7200rpm or otherwise ) in a raid array?

The raid array would be transparent to whs as it would be done in hardware.


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Posted On: 10-25-2005, 03:36 AM . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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Is that what i'm looking for and if not can you guys please suggest a product.


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Kinda experienced with computers in most ways (built the machine i'm currently using, 8 gb ram, qx9650, water-cooled gts 8800 vid). Now for my server i've got an old dell xps gen 4 computer running windows server 2008. It has an ssd drive to boot off of and a media volume to hold my movies. The movies get streamed to my 73" hdtv using a spiffy dvico media player over my network. The problem is i filled my 1 tb with movies so i bought a 2 tb. I saw an option to mount the volume inside another volume so i did that. However it just created a folder inside my 1 tb instead of giving me what i thought would be a 3 tb combined set up. Clearly i oversimplified this. Is the answer raid? I don't know much about it and i don't have a raid card or anything. I just want to either a) combine both volumes to reflect a single 3 tb partition or b) get the dvico to read from two separate drives, which i don't think it supports. At least at once, anyway. Any help?

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3. I'd like to have a nightly backup to one of eight 500gb sata drives that i already own. 7 are maxtor quickview 500 (model: 3h500f0) and 1 (warranty replacement for a dead maxtor) is a seagate barracuda es (p/n: 9bl146-303). Can the nightly backup go onto one of these and can it be hot swappable? Would i need to use a port on the perc or could it be onboard? Do i need to buy special "drawer" attachments for each of these drives so they can slide in and out easily?


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Posted On: 10-19-2009, 11:34 PM . View Related Posts . . View 19 Replies .

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From what i am reading, chkdsk is not raid aware which probably won't help with my situation. Can anyone recommend any tools available (paid or otherwise) to try and fix this error?


Posted On: 07-23-2009, 12:05 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

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Posted On: 05-26-2009, 08:36 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 01-20-2010, 10:00 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .