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Formatting drives that are using RAID


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Grantax

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Do I have to do anything special to format my 2 hard drives which are using RAID (mirroring)?
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You should not have to do anything special, but it all depends on the equipment you are using. This assumes that you have already setup the RAID array and it did what was required to be able to use it. For example, if it is RAID1, the disks have to be sync'd so that the data is the same.

Does that answer your question or if not can you give more information?
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What do you mean about the drives having to be syncronized?
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What I mean is that if you have two drives the data will not be the same, so for RAID1, the disks need to either be zeroed so as to be the same or if you are adding the second drive, the data from the first needs to be copied to the second so that the data is the same. Normally this is done automatically.

I am unclear on why you are asking the question, so I am trying to give you information to help. If you could clarify your question, that might perhaps help to give you the answer you are looking for.
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I'm just asking because I'm going to format my harddrives, and reinstall windows.
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The RAID controller should make the disks look like a regular disk, so you should not need to do anything different than normal. You would need to create a partition and create the filesystem.
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