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for example i want to install say steam on the drive do i have to create a folder called valve or anything or do i just install and leave as it is
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I believe with the ICH8R/ICH9R chipsets that intel uses you can use an existing hard drive and upgrade it to a raid configuration without deleting/reformating anything. I also believe you can add drives to an array with that setup also.

only catch though is you need to change the bios to reflect raid as well as making sure the raid chipset driver is installed.
once that is setup you would then run the intel matrix storage manager and create your raid in there. least how it sounds like ti works and with my little fiddling it seems to work that way.
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for example i want to install say steam on the drive do i have to create a folder called valve or anything or do i just install and leave as it is
Just make sure you install it to the drive that you setup as your array.
    
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i have an intel ICH9R and my disk is already in raid-0 format threre is ablsoultely nothing in it
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post #25 of 51
You would speed up boot times and overall stability if you changed your boot priority to boot off the raid array and installed the OS there. Then when installing XP, set up two partitions on the array, one for your OS (small, like 10-15 gigs) and the other for your games and programs. This way, you've got your OS running quick and clean, the disk space untouched by constant installs, downloads, deletes and uninstalls. The way you've got it, after awhile you'll notice the performance of your OS degrade as you use the disk space.
    
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post #26 of 51
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I believe with the ICH8R/ICH9R chipsets that intel uses you can use an existing hard drive and upgrade it to a raid configuration without deleting/reformating anything. I also believe you can add drives to an array with that setup also.

only catch though is you need to change the bios to reflect raid as well as making sure the raid chipset driver is installed.
once that is setup you would then run the intel matrix storage manager and create your raid in there. least how it sounds like ti works and with my little fiddling it seems to work that way.
This is news to me. I've never heard this before.

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for example i want to install say steam on the drive do i have to create a folder called valve or anything or do i just install and leave as it is
You've completely confused me. Steam (and any other installable file) will create the appropriate directories when the .exe is run.

You do mean after you've install the os, right?
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post #27 of 51
ye the OS is installed and when i select the path for the installation (my raid disc) it says "you do not have the authority to access these files" i have admin account and the drives are formatted theres nothing in them im working off my 250gb boot disc the OS is on that disc my raid setup is with 2 seperate 160gb hard disks and they are all set up in the bios
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post #28 of 51
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ye the OS is installed and when i select the path for the installation (my raid disc) it says "you do not have the authority to access these files" i have admin account and the drives are formatted theres nothing in them im working off my 250gb boot disc the OS is on that disc my raid setup is with 2 seperate 160gb hard disks and they are all set up in the bios
Oh, I think I understand. Create an arbitrary folder in the new "formated" raid array, then you can add anything you'd like.
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sorry when you say arbitrry folder what do you mean...like "program fiels"?
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post #30 of 51
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sorry when you say arbitrry folder what do you mean...like "program fiels"?
Name it anything you'd like and then you should be able to send files there from your primary partition (if I understood correctly).

Also, why didn't you load the os onto the array? That was the whole purpose of this thread, no? It would load much faster and perform snappier (your hdd is the slowest component when it comes to data transfer).
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