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RAID comes before partion, not after, unless you are doing a software RAID from within windows.
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ah, ok...

so I'll just have to get another drive to do backups for all the really important stuff I wouldn't want to lose
    
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Or stick in 3 @ RAID-5 and get same size as two drive, similar performance and redundancy .. just my two cents
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
RAID comes before partion, not after, unless you are doing a software RAID from within windows.
Not all the time.

For example; I can take this LSI 84016e and just raid the raw drives, OR I can partition them, then raid the partitions.

The same is true with an adaptec 3805 card.

All of this before any OS is loaded. And the OS only sees the logical drive, not the physical ones.

When I worked at sgi, it was common practice to partition the drive into 2 parts, raid the faster part of the drive, and leave the rest blank.
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Not all the time.

For example; I can take this LSI 84016e and just raid the raw drives, OR I can partition them, then raid the partitions.

The same is true with an adaptec 3805 card.

All of this before any OS is loaded. And the OS only sees the logical drive, not the physical ones.

When I worked at sgi, it was common practice to partition the drive into 2 parts, raid the faster part of the drive, and leave the rest blank.
Those options are only avaliable on higher end controllers though.
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Those options are only avaliable on higher end controllers though.
You know I actually did not know that. I have used many controllers over the years and I thought all of them allowed you to use partitions when creating a raid set. I am going to have to sit down with our storage engineer and figure out which ones allow this and which ones only allow the use of the raw drive.

If I had enough time I would verify that it works on this LSI controller, but the Custy shows up in a couple of hours and the system is not done initializing the raid 6 array (on 7 1TB drives with a 1TB hotspare...). I do have a couple of builds I can play with different cards though. And I think I may have the time...
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