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i have a wd 160 16mb cas. to use raido do i have to get another 160,or can i get a 320 16mb cas,vista used half my hd already can you advive,and should i use raido,if i do i have to reinstall vista its home prem but its oem,can i still activate with same key code,never done raid befor,any help app,thanks
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You have to have another of the same hard drive. I think you just call in and get a new key with MSFT, but I would try using your old key first.
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If you have anything on one of the drives already, any RAID config is going to require you format before creating the array.

If you want RAID 0, the size of the array will be limited by the smallest drive...so getting a 320 would make no sense, you wouldn't be able to use it.

If you do end up getting another 160 to RAID 0 with, you will be required to reactivate, and technically should be able to reactivate as you have not changed the motherboard...but Vista is a little more picky about things like that. I don't think it will be a problem though. If you have to call Microsoft to activate, tell them your hard drive died, so you replaced it.
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Shouldn't have to reformat the original drive.
Since RAID 0 is just mirroring, can add the second drive and mirror the first without doing anything really to the first drive. Shouldn't have to reactivate Vista unless he's changed more hardware.

EDIT: NVM, too early, I'm thinking RAID 1, not RAID 0...

If you go RAID 0 (Striped) you will have to format.
If you were doing RAID 1 (Mirrored) you wouldn't...
    
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Shouldn't have to reformat the original drive.
Since RAID 0 is just mirroring, can add the second drive and mirror the first without doing anything really to the first drive. Shouldn't have to reactivate Vista unless he's changed more hardware.
I just started my cup o coffee, so I think I got RAID 1 and 0 mixed up initially. You are correct Wolf! Thanks for clarifying and correcting me!!

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Shouldn't have to reformat the original drive.
Since RAID 0 is just mirroring, can add the second drive and mirror the first without doing anything really to the first drive. Shouldn't have to reactivate Vista unless he's changed more hardware.
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I just started my cup o coffee, so I think I got RAID 1 and 0 mixed up initially. You are correct Wolf! Thanks for clarifying and correcting me!!

Actually your inital post were quite confusing Xavier...

RAID-0 is striping, meaning you get the size and performance (roughly) of both harddrives combined.

RAID-1 is mirroring, size of the smallest harddrive but same or theoritically double the performance.

*EDIT*

Seem like you just edited it Null... nice post!
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LOL, no, you were right, I have them backwards... I just woke up about 10 min ago...
    
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so should i just use the 320 and 160 for additional storage what would you do,i think really 320 should be enough,and use 160 maybe for winxp
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post #9 of 11
no xavier you are right raid0 is striping which increases speed and raid1 is mirroring which reduces the risk of data loss
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Actually your inital post were quite confusing Xavier...

RAID-0 is striping, meaning you get the size and performance (roughly) of both harddrives combined.
GonX is on to me! I'm such a nubcake!
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