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How to run RAID?
I have a hitachi deskstar 250gb sata hdd,7200rpm,
now my question,
do I need to use another hitachi 250gb hdd to run RAID or I can use a different brand hdd of differnt storage capacity(eg,500gb,1tb)
any useful help will be greatly appriciated
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I'm not sure but I think you could use a different HDD but it would only use as much as the lower capacity HDD has.

For configuring RAID you should use both disks with same capacity, otherwise you will have space equivalent to the smaller one.
    
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While using two identical hard drives is recommended it is not essential.So therefore you can raid one 250 gb with any other hard drive be it with the same capacity or not the same.For example you can raid a 250gb with a 500gb hard drive but you will lose 250gb of the 500gb hard drive so essentially you will be left with 500gb in raid (250gb + 250gb) .So basically you can raid any different capacity of hard drive or brand together however you will lose space of the higher capacity hard drive Hope this helps
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Thanks for the information,
but some of u please mention that how to do RAID?
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I'm quoting myself here and it was a method i wrote for another scenario. Hopefully it will help you.

Quote:
1. Plug your drives in and boot into BIOS.

2. Enable RAID from your BIOS options. Your OS drive will remain the same as it was.(AHCI if an SSD)

3. Reboot and hit your motherboard shortcut for getting into your controller BIOS.

4. Select new RAID 1/0 array and choose the two identical drives you have just bought.

5. Select a stripe size of about 128kb(this is for general use, post back if you will be using your computer for handling either very large files or very small ones, we could then change the stripe size accordingly).

6. Create the Array. Since you have Windows 7 already installed the drivers should be already on there and you shouldnt face a problem.

7. Go into Windows...you may have to format your drive(new drive of 1TB) for it to show up in windows and to be useful. (right click My Computer>manage>Disk management) . I think you can manage from then on.

8. Report back with HD tune results(run an error scan to see how the array is holding up).


Hope you found this helpful.

Btw i am from kolkata as well.
Edited by Razultull - 3/17/11 at 8:13am
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