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I am thinking of buying the new VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive, problem is, I can only afford one. I intend on using this as the OS hard drive, with a second hard drive for storage. As I said, I can only afford one, I would intend on buying another later to go into RAID 1. But is it easy for me to go into RAID 1 after I have installed my operating system?
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no your drive will have to be wiped i think...idk exactly since i only use raid stripping
 
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when you put HDDs in raid they have to be formatted, so basically no.
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I am thinking of buying the new VelociRaptor 300GB hard drive, problem is, I can only afford one. I intend on using this as the OS hard drive, with a second hard drive for storage. As I said, I can only afford one, I would intend on buying another later to go into RAID 1. But is it easy for me to go into RAID 1 after I have installed my operating system?

XP or Vista, will the 3rd HDD also be a WD drive?
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XP or Vista, will the 3rd HDD also be a WD drive?
The third drive will likely be a Seagate 500GB.
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The third drive will likely be a Seagate 500GB.

XP or Vista?

You can work magic with WD Data Lifeguard Tools, but all of your drives need to WD.
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XP or Vista?

You can work magic with WD Data Lifeguard Tools, but all of your drives need to WD.
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I might just go with Western Digital's AAKS, they seem to be pretty good performance and price wise. Maybe do a Raid 0-1.
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RAID1 is redundant backup.

If you install OS in this drive it can't be used for RAID1. You would need another drive same size or bigger (you'll lose the difference if bigger) to mirror the first drivers content.

You can create a RAID1 after the fact by just adding the HDD, as stated above, and set it up. You can't RAID1 the initial drive.

I've added drives to a system way after they have been installed/setup for RAID1 but again, you need that 2nd drive as your intending.
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^^ Thanks

Now I am deciding between Seagate 7200.11 or Western Digital AAKS, Seagate has 32MB cache; but I have heard good things from Western Digital's AAKS line.
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