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I would like to us RAID 1 to mirror my single 1TB WD Black drive onto another disk. However, (being the cheapskate I am) I would like to use an old 60GB disk to run the RAID 1 on....but I might have answered my own question below.

I have a feeling that RAID 1 needs equal size drives to work, if this is true, then I guess I can spring the extra bucks on a decent 1TB disk for Mirroring.

Either way, its all pics and videos that go back years and years and I would like a way to really secure them as well as continue to back them up as usual. My OS SSD is not raided and has been imaged to another disk using Acronis...so no worries there.
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You don't need the same drive size, but your raid will loose the majority of the space on the larger drive. Also your performance will be drastically reduced with the older drive.

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You don't need the same drive size, but your raid will loose the majority of the space on the larger drive. Also your performance will be drastically reduced with the older drive.

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+1

you will not enjoy the utmost benefit of raid with that setup..you might just grab a new HDD to do some raid with the 1TB drive..

here's a wiki link for you to ponder deeply regarding RAID setups plus an explanation on how stuff works and the benefits as well the cons to it..also a speclist on how many drives and recommendation on the drives specs
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Just use windows backup (It's on Windows 7 by default and is simple to use) or a similar software for backing up the photos onto the drive. No need for a hardware RAID when all your looking to do is have some data at both places at once and constantly updating.
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You don't need the same drive size, but your raid will loose the majority of the space on the larger drive. Also your performance will be drastically reduced with the older drive.

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so by "loose the majority of the space on the larger drive" you mean that I will basically have a 60GB disk and 60GB disk in RAID and the rest of my 1TB will be a dark abyss...OR only 60GB of that 1TB will be mirrored at a time?
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so by "loose the majority of the space on the larger drive" you mean that I will basically have a 60GB disk and 60GB disk in RAID and the rest of my 1TB will be a dark abyss...OR only 60GB of that 1TB will be mirrored at a time?
Only 60GB will be mirrored, I am pretty sure the rest of the disk's space could be used elsewhere or as a stand alone partition not being mirrored or involved in the RAID1 but don't quote me on that.
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Just use windows backup (It's on Windows 7 by default and is simple to use) or a similar software for backing up the photos onto the drive. No need for a hardware RAID when all your looking to do is have some data at both places at once and constantly updating.
I have backed up these files using windows backup, but I failed to mention that I have some larger programs on the drive as well...those won't be backed up using windows backup as far as I know, thus my idea for raid.

However, this isn't a pressing issue and once a decent 1TB disk goes up for sale, I'll probably get it, move the photos and docs there and keep programs and games on my original drive.
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