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I have installed RAID 1 on my drives. I got to Computer > Manage > Disk Management. When i right click i am allowed four options:

New Simple Volume
New Spanned Volume
New Striped Volume
New Mirrored Volume

Which one does which? I believe i choose simple volume since my BIOS is already setup in RAID 1 correct?
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Originally Posted by graphicsman View Post
I have installed RAID 1 on my drives.
I'm a little confused:
You can't "install" RAID onto a hard drive.

You set up a RAID array in your BIOS first.
Then, when you install windows, you tell the installation program to load it's RAID driver. (the OS will then load the needed driver(s) for RAID at every boot up).

Then, in the BIOS, BEFORE you finish the install, you choose which drive (the array, or another drive, if you have another) will be the boot drive.

Then you finish the OS install.

If you didn't follow these steps, then you don't have an array and have installed the OS to a single drive.

As for striped/mirrored, that depends on for what you want to use the array.

A "simple" drive is not an array, it's just a single drive.
"Spanned" is just a bunch (2+) of drives all combined into one drive
Neither of the above two are a RAID array.

Hope that helps.
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so are you saying i need to use a stripped volume?
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guess i will do stripped since i am not getting any advise
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post #5 of 9
Spaned sounds like raid 5
Striped sounds like raid 0
Mirrored sounds like raid 1

My best advice would to read the motherbord manual and see if its in there if you havent already.
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Spaned sounds like raid 5
Striped sounds like raid 0
Mirrored sounds like raid 1

My best advice would to read the motherbord manual and see if its in there if you havent already.
thanks, i have done that. Nothing, when i do mirrored i only see one drive, which i would assume it is integrating a RAID 10

EDIT:
i have included an example below from another computer rig i have setup with "mirrored"

Edited by graphicsman - 3/2/11 at 8:58pm
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Your doing it wrong....

You want RAID to be performed by your host-based controller and not within the OS (software RAID).

If you already set up RAID in the firmware, then the controller present the array as a logical drive. It is already in RAID.
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Your doing it wrong....

You want RAID to be performed by your controller and not within the OS.

If you already set up RAID in the firmware, then the controller present the array as a logical drive. It is already in RAID.
THANK YOU, finally i knew someone would come in here and save the day! thanks man, always count on ya. I was unsure and wanted to verify since i could not find any documentation.
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If you have a choice, it's better to get rid of the BIOS raid and instead use the software raid 1 provided by Windows. The Windows raid is more reliable (never seen it crash, then hang on the windows loading screen the way intel raid does sometimes after a failed drive) and it can rebuild the raid array quite a bit faster.
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