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Windows Adding a HDD to a Raid Array

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by CarlT2001, 28 Nov 2008.

  1. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 What's a Dremel?

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    Forgive my stupidity, but I am not really up to speed about raid arrays.

    I currently have a PC which has a couple of 300gbs set to Striping. I am looking at getting some more space so would like a 1tb spinpoint to chuck in as well.

    Is it as simple as just installing and setting it up in the raid bios and then my striping capacity goes up by 1tb???? Or do I need a different raid configuration for 3 hdds?
     
  2. Golygus

    Golygus Minimodder

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    I believe the array would need re-building (needs verification).

    Also, your TB HDD would effectively be limited to 300GB.

    The total capacity of a stripper array is the number of drives multiplied by the capacity of the smallest drive in the array.

    so for 2 x 300GB HDD and 1 x 1TB HDD, the total capacity would be 900GB
     
  3. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 What's a Dremel?

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    If that is the case, I will be avoiding that. What choices do I have to increase my storage capacity? Can I add 2 x 1tb drives and have a second raid 0 array?

    I have got a Dell XPS720 by the way.
     
  4. RinSewand

    RinSewand What's a Dremel?

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    You could yes, though if you only have one to play with, consider whether you really need raid on the storage drive?

    RwD
     
  5. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 What's a Dremel?

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    No - I am not fussed about having raid on the storage drive - quite happy to see it as another volume. So, would it be just bung it in and it should be seen in disk management?
     
  6. Kúsař

    Kúsař regular bit-tech reader

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  7. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 What's a Dremel?

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    Ok, I understand the principles, but there doesnt seem to be any practical info on what you can do or cant do. Maybe I should just boot into my raid bios and have a look see at the options...
    I have an onboard nForce Raid controller.
     
  8. RinSewand

    RinSewand What's a Dremel?

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    Assuming you're running XP, just throw the drive in, and it should appear on its own in disk management

    RwD
     
  9. CarlT2001

    CarlT2001 What's a Dremel?

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    I am running Vista Ultimate 32bit. I assume it will be the same as XP?
     
  10. Glider

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    Save yourself headaches (now and in the near future) and dismiss all the RAID0 you have... Also, just add the drive to your system and use it as a separate disk.
     
  11. Golygus

    Golygus Minimodder

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    Vistas disk management is very similar to XP's. New drives, RHC, initialise, right hand click, new partition :)
     

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