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Software Raid

Hi,

I'm having a small budget and I'm going to buy a cheap server from Dell with two 160 GB SATA drives for an amaziing low price. It's not possible to add a SATA raid card to this server so I have to go with software RAID...

1. Can I configure software Raid 1 after windows is installed? How?

2. If I add eg Adaptec Serial ATA RAID 1210SA later, can I setup the hard drives in Raid1 (mirror) without reinstall/format the hard drive?

Thanks in advance!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi henriklundin,

1) yes, when you get into windows, you look under disk management (tight click my computer - manage) and from there you simply right click your source drive and click add mirror  it will then mirror to the other drive

2) yes but be careful, you can remove the software mirror but just make sure you are very careful when you add a hardware mirror as a couple of times i have seen the reverse done and they actually mirror the blanks drive!
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henriklundinAuthor Commented:
Great, thank you very much!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
no problems
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henriklundinAuthor Commented:
One more thing what is the disadvantage of software Raid? If one drive crashes, can I just remove the bad disk and install a new drive and then just do the steps in 1 from Jay_Jay70.

Thanks!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
yes you can, we have multiple old installs with sw raid (before hw was as cheaps as it is) and if a disk failed, we would put in a new on abd rebuil the raid through windows.

if the boot drive died, we would swap the mirror to boot and create a new mirror drive
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henriklundinAuthor Commented:
Thanks, if the boot drive die, how do I set the mirror to bootdrive? I guess some mbr command?
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
nope its easier :) you just change the jumper settings on the mirror drive to make it the master :)
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henriklundinAuthor Commented:
Great!! Have a really nice day!
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
thanks mate, you too
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