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Software RAID on USB 2.0 HDDs possible in Windows XP?

Posted on 2006-11-22
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I have a 8 bay / 8 HDDs  USB 2.0 enclosure (see http://cgi.ebay.it/8-BAY-USB-2-0-HARD-DRIVE-ENCLOSURE-ALL-MASTER-2-PORTS_W0QQitemZ120056154632QQihZ002QQcategoryZ167QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) and a normal Windows XP PC.

Windows XP does not support Dynamic disks on external usb drives therefore doesn't seem to natively support RAID on USB drives.

Is there a workaround or third party software (or cheap hardware) that can do it?
I only found RAID Toolbox (http://www.raidtoolbox.com/products/rtbdatasheet.html) but it only supports firewire, not USB, HDDs...
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Never heard of a way to setup RAID on a set of USB drives that were connected to a workstation class system and running any version of Windows.

I would suggest looking into an eSATA enclosure and using that instead - the performance is MUCH better and you can get a SATA RAID controller and use that.  I just got one of my clients a setup based on another expert's recommendation here.  Check it out:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_22050877.html
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VERY interesting!
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