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Trouble setting up mirrored drive in Win XP Pro

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I'm having problems setting up a software-mirrored drive using XP Pro.  The system is new, with two identical hard drives, one with the OS installed, the other empty.  The motherboard supports RAID and has had the feature turned on.  "C" drive is simple and dynamic, the other drive is unallocated and dynamic.

When I go to Disk Management, there are supposed to be two ways to mirror the volume.  I should be able to right-click on the NTFS volume on the c-drive and select "Add Mirror...". This option is unavailable.  Written support claims this will be the case if available unallocated space is less than the selected volume, but this is not the case.  

The other method is to select the unallocated volume and use the New Volume Wizard.  Descriptions and pictures I've seen indicate that the second screen should say: "Select Volume Type: There are five types of volumes: simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, and RAID-5.  Select the volume you want to create:"  It then is supposed to list the 5 types, allowing you to select 1.  In my situation, the screen looks the same, but only lists 3 volume types: simple, spanned and striped.  Mirrored and RAID-5 are not even shown.

Ultimately I could install a RAID card and try that way, but I would still like to see this work first.  Any suggestions or assistance would be appreciated.

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