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OK, I have one question about doing RAID0 on two indentical drives after you have installed Windows. Basically, is it possible?

I have a friend who has one 80GB HDD with Windows XP on it and has bought another unformatted 80GB HDD of the same kind. Is it possible for him to put the two 80GB HDD's in RAID0? I say this because I remember a while ago someone was having troubles getting RAID to work with 2 drives, so he just used one drive and installed Windows on it. And then added the other drive, once in windows it read the other HDD and it asked him options for a RAID array. Wierd, maybe. True, I dunno.

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from what i hear some higher raid numbers require larger number of drives than two you might be limited to 0 or 1. never even though if XP support raid but i would probably install it with raid
0 = striping
1 = mirroring

gl though never actually tried it with xp :S
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Can he do RAID0 with the two drives without re-installing windows?

If its possible it will have to transfer half of all the data present on the XP HDD over to the new HDD.
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Originally Posted by OCZedd
Can he do RAID0 with the two drives without re-installing windows?

If its possible it will have to transfer half of all the data present on the XP HDD over to the new HDD.

No you must reinstall Windows to run Raid0 on that "physical" drive.
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So how come I saw on here before someone made a RAID array after installing Windows and by clicking somewhere in "Device Manager" or when windows found the new hardware, he was able to add them to a raid array.
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it's possible he didn't install windows on the raid array....it was for program files or something...*shrugs*
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it's possible he didn't install windows on the raid array....it was for program files or something...*shrugs*
Yup, that can only be that.
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