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Changing Drive Letters

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Hi, Here is my scenario.  I have an HP Proliant ML310 G3 series server.  This server has a 4 bay SATA array.  I plan on putting a RAID 1 configuration on 2 of the non-OS drives.  One of these drives is designated as my F: drive.  I want to make the 2 drives that I converted into the RAID 1 array the F: drive.  What would be my steps for changing the drive letters?  Should I take the current F: drive and rename it to Z: drive then create the RAID 1 using the F: drive designation?  Or could I just create the RAID1 drive and call it the Z: drive then go into Windows disk management and change the drive designations there?  Please advise.

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Creating the array itself won't require you to assign any drive letters. So just create the array using the raid controller's utility, then boot into windows, change f to another driver letter, create a partition on your new array, assign it the letter f.
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Do I have to create a partition?  I was just going to use the whole RAID 1 drive as the F: drive.
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You still have to create a partition on the array. Windows will just see the array as unused, raw space without it having a partition. Only after it has a partition will you be able to create a filesystem like ntfs on it. You can create just one partition to fill the complete array.
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Thanks for the good answers!!!
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