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You should not have to initialize the disks, unless you have left unpartitioned space during install.

If you set up all your partitions during install, then they all should be recognized, and drive letters should be assigned accordingly.

Even though you have RAID1, I would still advice to make a periodic back up (weekly or so) of your most critical data. RAID0 is fairly reliable, but in case of catastrophic events (a power surge that knocks out both drives; theft of hardware), you still will loose the data. Do get a surge protector also.
    
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I did not partition my drive other than os and apps plus all other on the same disk. I don't know, maybe I should have but I didn't do it at the time of install. Do you believe I should or not?

Could I just add another drive and use that to back up on or get an external hd to store it to?
    
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Adding another drive in the same system does not resolve the issue of catastrophic events such as a excessive power surge or theft.

And external drive is probably better, as long as you keep it disconnected from your main rig after you make the back ups and can store it at a secure location.

I do believe that having separate partitions makes life easier. I have two partitions; one for Windows and programs, and one for Data. This way, if Windows gets messed up and you'd need to re-install, you can leave the data partition alone.... so no data loss in such case. Also, having a separate data partition makes your backup job easier
    
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Can I partition after os installation?
    
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If you have fully partitioned all available disk space, you can only re-partition it after installing Windows by using an application like Partitionmagic.

Either purchase that software, or do a search if there is some freeware/shareware that does the same. However, since this *could* result in data loss, I'd be careful which software you pick. Partitionmagic is reputable and is well known for this.
    
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Would I really even need to partition in a raid 1? I would partition only to have my docs seperate from os if os goes bad. I guess that would be another safety valve.
    
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If I raid 1 and want a partition, will the 2nd partition without the os still be mirrored? Will all of the hard drive be mirrored?
    
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post #18 of 21
yes the second hard rive will be an exact copy of the first hard drive and vice versa including partitions.
post #19 of 21
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So, I go do my partition thing and get the two partitions I want set up and then go in and raid my setup?
    
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no RAID first then partition
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