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If I have a 1tb drive and a 500GB drive and partition the 1TB to 2 500GB partitions, can I raid one partition with the 500gb drive and have the other partition as standalone storage? Or is it a complete drive only thing.
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Sorry man, that wont work. Both drives will need to be set in the raid array, and both drives would allow for maximum usable limit of the smaller drive. So partitioning a single drive into two wont work.
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it only th complete drive, and both drives need to be exactly the same size.
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Linux software-based RAID can do this, but nothing built into your motherboard, or RAID cards, or even Windows, can do this.
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post #5 of 7
Depends on your controller.
As stated, this would be a piece of cake with MDADM however I would strongly advise against it anyway. Your performance is going to be HORRENDOUS any time you need to read from the non-RAID portion of the drive and the RAID portion at the same time.
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it only th complete drive, and both drives need to be exactly the same size.
The drives don't have to be the same size, its just that you will lose the larger drives space and both drives will be the total capacity of the smaller drive x 2 if raid 0, or if raid 1 your capacity would be just the size of the smaller drive.

500gb + 1000gb in RAID0 = 1000gb for a loss of 500gb

500gb + 1000gb in RAID1 = 500gb and still a loss of 500gb.

Best bet, just get another 500gb if possible so that you don't lose your possible storage space.
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Meh thats what I thought. I didn't want to lose the space so I'll just make an image of windows and put it on some new drives.
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