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Hi guys,

I currently have 2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 drives in my system and have had them in a RAID0 array. One of those drives just went bad so I'm RMAing to Samsung. I don't want to wait for it to come back (who knows how long that will take) so am going to be buying another F3 today from Fry's.

My question is...if I didn't want to do RAID0 but wanted the two drives to show up as one combined drive of 2TB is there a way to do that? I know RAID1 will make the 2 TB space shrink down to 1TB because of the redundancy but I'm not sure I want to sacrifice 50% of disk space either, as I do have a backup system in place so don't think I need the RAID1 setup.

I guess I'm wondering if there's a way to have both drives show up as one drive letter but not have files broken up and split across both drives.

Then my second question is, if I was to end up with 3x 1TB drives, what would be the best setup with that? Again, I wouldn't want to do RAID1 because it seems a bit overkill to have 3TB being used as 1TB. Hopefully all the smart OCNers have some suggestions for me. Thank you!
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Install your OS on to one drive, boot in to windows and open up drive manager you can merge the two drives in to one volume from there

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or do as I did and just have it listed as a second Partion and use it for storage
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You could make them Dynamic Disks and then span the volume.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308424
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