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Raid array or Dynamic disk (WinXP)?!?

Posted on 2006-05-19
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Hi Experts,

Recently i had a big problem with my drives (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21840592.html)...
Then I decided to format my computer (anyway, i had to!)... in a normal setup drive (no raid array). Now i'm asking myself questions, what is the differences between "WinXP Dynamic Disk" and "Raid Array"? Does one setup is better than the other one??!? Does are they exactly the same things?


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Raid is allways better, it gives you redundancy which dynamic disks don't give you. Dynamic disks is a m$ speciality which just allows you to manage some disks as one, but in the end it makes things more complicated, as it isn't supported by many 3rd party utilities.
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Adding to Rindi's comment :

When creating the array under Windows, it will  be CPU Consumer as well, if you use a Raid Card, then it will have it's own cpu built in, freeing the CPU for other operations.

Differences between Basic and Dynamic disks are best defined here :
http://www.petri.co.il/difference_between_basic_and_dynamic_disks_in_windows_xp_2000_2003.htm "

If you have the budget, go for RAID ARRAY CARD !

Best Regards !

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No problem!

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Best Regards !
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Your welcome.

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