Re: need ideas on my new setup concerning raid 0
- From: "porterhouse1972" <porterhouse1972@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 15 Aug 2006 00:53:16 -0700
In article <1155594821.169583.296010@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
"porterhouse1972" <porterhouse1972@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I am needing input on how to properly configure my system properly with
these components..This is my first attempt using Riad 0...Any
suggestions..I have my new system on order now ...It is a barebone ..I
just want a headstart on ideas to get both of these hds set to (RAID
....Processor: Pentium D 945 3.4GHz Dual core CPU 4024k cache
CPU Fan: P4 Heavy Duty Cooling Fan With Heat Sink
Motherboard: ECS PT880PRO-A LGA775 800FSB
Memory: 1 gig DDR
AGP& PCI E: 8xAGP slot and 16x PCI Express slot
IDE/SATA: Supports 4 SATA and 2 IDE ATA 133 devices
Slots: 16x PCI-E, 8x AGP, 4 PCI,
USB: 6 USB 2.0 ports (4 on a back and 2 on a front)
Video :Radeon 9550 256 mb
Sound: AC 97 digital sound (onboard)
Network: 10/100/ RJ45 network card (Ethernet, cable or DSL)
Ports: 1 serial, 1 parallel, 1 microphone jack
Case: Black Neon Mid Tower 500w power supply (front USB)
hard drives :2 Western Digital WD SATA Raptor 74GB Internal Hard Drive
In many situations, a single Raptor is just as snappy as a
pair of Raptors in RAID 0. RAID 0 has the disadvantage that
a single disk failure spells loss of all data on the array.
Putting the boot disk on a RAID 0 means starting all over
again, if one disk fails.
Personally, if it was my system, I'd connect one Raptor, and
keep the second as a spare for a rainy day. Then find a
cheap 7200RPM 200GB or 250GB disk, as they are pretty well
at the sweet spot when it comes to dollars per GB. The slower
disk can be your backup device, which you either keep connected
and running for convenience, or disconnect when you are not
doing backups or restores.
If you want to use RAID, start with the manual:
"Onboard SATA IDE" is set to [RAID] by default in the BIOS,
so there is nothing to do there.
The manual says to press <tab> to enter the RAID BIOS.
In there, you set up your RAID 0 array. Once the array
is created, you can boot from the Windows CD and prepare
to do the install. You'll need a floppy with the RAID
drivers on it. The manual makes it sound like the floppy
is included, but that sounds unlikely. Usually you
have to prepare the floppy yourself. Some companies
have a "Makedisk" tool on the motherboard CD, that
is used to format and transfer the necessary files onto
a floppy. Otherwise, look for something with a txtsetup.oem
file in it, as that is part of the driver package.
In your case, at the top level of the floppy, you'd have
a txtsetup.oem file, and next to that, a folder entitled
"WinXP". In the WinXP folder would be three files, roughly
viasraid.cat 7609 bytes
VIASRAID.INF 1554 bytes
viasraid.sys 77312 bytes
There would be other folders on the floppy, but you could
ignore them, as they would be for other OSes.
At the appropriate point during the Windows install, you
press F6 and insert the floppy, so the Windows installer
can install the RAID driver. If all is well, Windows will
discover a single volume, having twice the size of a single
disk. You could have a single partition of 74*2 GB, minus
Thanks ..I think I will save my extra raptor ..The performance is
allready there ..I think the possibility of data loss is enough not to
use raid 0 on my new system ..
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