Mirror hard drive

Posted on 2005-05-12
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I am going to install windows small business server
I want to have two hard drives 80 each
I want to mirror the hards.

Starting from scratch: how do you do it
I have a pc and the hard drives are brand new
From the very begining Step a and so on
Question by:cbits1
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    Will you be using software raid 1 or do you have a hardware controller for this?  If you have a hardware controller it will be much better performance wise but much more difficult for an expert here to give you step-by-step directions.

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    by:Lee W, MVP
    If software RAID, you must install Windows first, then upgrade the disk to dynamic.  Then leave the other disk unformatted and unpartitioned but physically installed (you'll need to upgrade the disk to dynamic as well if it isn't already).  In Disk Management, you would then right click the unpartitioned disk and tell it to create a mirror.

    If hardware, you really must follow the directions of the card included.  There can be variations of how to setup a hardware RAID.  Note: in a hardware RAID 1, Windows will only see ONE physical drive - the RAID controller is "masking" the other, in a manner of speaking.  

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    I made a mistake and should have accept leew sorry my email is
    leew would you contact me dan

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