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Posted on 2006-06-19
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Just waiting for replacement Hard Disk following a failure , to add further protection I have ordered 2 to be fitted . The affected computer is part of a network with a Netgear Storage unit - mirrored drives so all my data is safe .

What is the best strategy to make the best of the new hard drives - Its going to be a pain setting up all the programmes so was thinking about setting up an operating system on both drives , can i get away with one OS ( Xp Pro ) or will i need to purchase another ?

Im told its a plug and play , needless a  little apprehensive - any advice would be appreciated

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by:zephyr_hex (Megan)
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let me see if i'm understanding ... the 2 drives will be storing the same data?  if so, why not go with a RAID setup?  if you're mirroring with RAID, i'm not sure why you would need to install OS on both drives.  one drive will be a mirror of the other...
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by:bivvyman
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Yes you are correct , and raid seems to be the perfect solution , can you give me some advice how to achieve this set up
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you would need a RAID controller.  install the controller and then setup your RAID.  you will want to do a RAID 1.
this guide gives a pretty good discussion of RAID: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=830&page=1
that article also gives instructions for the setup.
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by:duanom
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You should use RAID and DO NOT install the OS on both drives.  Installing the OS on both drives will become a huge pain.  Look over the document in the link below describing the different RAID levels you can use.  I suggest that you look at using RAID 1 (Mirroring) this creates a copy of the data on both drives.  If one of the drives goes bad you can simply replace it.  It sounds like you are using a device with RAID 1 already, Adding RAID 1 to the machine will make your system bulletproof.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks
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