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HP DX7200 and how to setup raid 1

Posted on 2006-06-22
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I would like to add a RAID controller to a HP Compaq DX7200 Desktop.
Add a second SATA drive and setup for RAID 1.
Note : System already has 160Gb SATA drive with WINXPPRO loaded.
Please advise if this is possible - without having to reload OS on original drive. Can you also recommend a suitable RAID Card?
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I cannot stress enough to stay away from cheap raid cards and no name brands.  Here is a card from Adaptec that is very reasonably priced.  This is going to be by far the best bang for your buck.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816103022

As far as not loosing your OS, make a ghost image of it, then create your raid array, and then put the image back on the raid array.  
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by:Phr0stByte
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Theoretically, yeah,
But I'd make a backup, just in case.
Sorry, not an expert... just a comment :)
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by:stevenvel
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Thanks for your comments. I have confirmed with HP and they do not support RAID on the DX7200.
Would you agree that there is a very good chance that it will still work with a reasonable card i.e. Adaptec 2047600-R?
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by:Callandor
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HP is just speaking for what they provide.  Third party cards should do this without a problem, and this Promise card should work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816102003
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by:Callandor
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Sorry, that was for an IDE controller.  Promise also makes SATA RAID: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16816102040
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