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Hey guys, I consider myself an expert when it comes to HDDs...except for RAID related questions biggrin.gif Anyway, I'd actually prefer a software solution than having to actually setup RAID but I am looking to:

-join 2 1TB harddrives into a single 2TB NTFS partition
-one is a Western Digital Black (7200rpm) and the other is a Samsung Spinpoint (7200rpm)
-the WD is external (eSata enclosure) and the Samsung is using SATA II

If need be, I'm pretty sure I can fit the WD inside the case if whatever I need to do isn't support over eSata.

Is there software out there that will reformat 2 harrdrives into a single partition or will a RAID setup be required? Thanks in advance guys!
    
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Short answer; no, you will have to go RAID.




Long answer; short answer did that job, too. Go figure.
    
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Damit! Ok, which RAID type do you suggest? I'd like to keep performance as is, but if it can be increased than even better. Mirroring would be nice, but not if I take a space or performance hit for it.

Also, is it possible to RAID 2 harddrives from different manufacturers? My AMD chipset MB does have an onboard RAID controller so I plan on using it. Finally, can I leave 1 HDD as external (eSata) and the other as internal and are RAID arrays compatible with linux?
    
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RAID 0 the two drives you will get 2x the speeds of the slowest one and 2x the size. But with that comes less data reliability due to your data being split on to two drives. If you want double the space with 2 drives RAID 0 is the way to go.

RAID 1 will give you more data reliability b/c it duplicates the data onto both drives at once, but the size will be only 1TB.

I am not sure about the eSATA part or the Linux b/c i use neither, tho Linux should support it.
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