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Old 07-08-2006, 02:59 AM   #1
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RAID - do I have to lose ALL my data :-(

Built a new PC two months ago. Got a Maxtor MaxLineIII 250GB and have set up a dual boot of XP Pro and Vista 64, as well as tons of progs and games. I liked the Maxtor so much I bought another one, and now want to set up a RAID 0 array to speed up some of my heavy progs n games.

Is there any way to set up the array without losing all the data on my first drive? And if I make a ghost of the first drive, will this copy across the array?

I really really don't want to do a clean install.... I've tweaked most of my software to high heaven and it's a new build. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:12 AM   #2
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Well, there's always the option of going with software RAID... I'm no expert, but from what I can tell...

You can partition both drives (both partitions have to have equal space) then use WinXP's inbuilt disk manager to stripe the partitions.

It's virtually as fast as hardware RAID, from the articles I've read, but it does use more system resources on the whole owing to the fact it's running via software instead of dedicated hardware.

I might be wrong, so I'd get a second opinion.

EDIT: Oh, and something I forgot to mention... Obviously if you stripe partitions, only the software installed on the striped partition will actually benefit from the RAID. In other words, Windows won't benefit, but if you install a game onto the partition, it should.

Take a look at this: PCstats Beginners Guides: Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
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Old 07-08-2006, 05:26 AM   #3
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XP software raid isn't very good. Don't use it.
You can use Ghost to make an image of your current system drive and copy it to your new array.
Install your raid drivers in XP before you make tha image. Also make sure that your imaging program can recognize your raid array. You'll probably need to have a floppy ready with your raid driver(s) on it.
I've done it many times and it works good.
Good luck
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Old 07-08-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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Thanks both of you. I'll read up a bit on the software side of things, but will probably go for ghosting my existing drive and copying it over. Now, I'll have to go and buy a floppy drive!!
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Old 07-08-2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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Thanks both of you. I'll read up a bit on the software side of things, but will probably go for ghosting my existing drive and copying it over. Now, I'll have to go and buy a floppy drive!!
Floppy drives, the ancient saviour of modern man.
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Old 07-08-2006, 12:06 PM   #6
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yeah, y can ghost the drive no big woop.
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Old 07-08-2006, 08:42 PM   #7
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Floppy drives, the ancient saviour of modern man.
And time warp to bad memories of waiting for Amiga 500 \ Atari ST games to load. I'm going to wear ear plugs so I don't actually have to listen to it
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