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Making RAID 1 on a server 2003 or XP machine

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Hi there
Sorry for my lack of knowledge in RAID.
-Is it possible to creat RAID level 1 on a XP professinoal machine (SATA hd) with NO RAID card installed?
-Is it possible to creat RAID level 1 on a server 2003 (SCSII hd) with no RAID card installed?
I am planning to do this project in which if a drive fails the other one sets itself in charge.  With the newer SATA and SATA II drives I am not sure if I can create RAID with some software?
Any helpful hints to get my project done are welcome.
Thanks
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The best option is to use hardware RAID, much more reliable.
Here is a good link for what you want to do
http://www.techimo.com/articles/index.pl?photo=149

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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by:dlan75
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Hi,
You can use some third party softwares to make RAID on your machine but the problem is that when one computer crashes ... as the RAID is handled by a soft ... this can create some big troubles.
I would only use hardware RAID as it is the most reliable.
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oups ... too late :-)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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XP cannot do software RAID - you MUST have a RAID card to do RAID 1 with XP.

Server 2003 can do software RAID 1 with any drives you want - SCSI, IDE, SATA, USB, Firewire - it doesn't matter - except for performance.  However, as already mentioned, Hardware RAID is generally more reliable and faster.
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There is a hack to enable software RAID on XP but since it involves editing binaries to fool the OS into thinking it is a server rather than a workstation I suspect it is illegal.
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by:amanzoor
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Thanks bmfjef and dlan75
Thanks Leew and andyalder:
look at the link below and please let me know what type of RAID does this drive supports and actually have it.  Software or hardware.  and its still will work with XP.
http://www.laptopmag.com/Review/Western-Digital-My-Book-World-Edition-II.htm


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Hardware RAID.
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Hardware !
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by:bmsjeff
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Yes, hardware, but I would be a little cautious of buying a RAID device where you have to use their disks.  I love WD drives, but would not want to be stuck having to by a proprietary drive for replacement.
The D-Link's DNS-323 that they mention can use any drives you want.
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=1026632&cm_ven=RKG&cm_cat=adwords&cm_pla=sku&cm_ite=dns-323
This will give you much more flexibility and allow you to replace the drive much quicker.  Go to the store vs. waiting on WD to send you a new/replacement.  
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