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I Want to Format Two HD's to Raid 0.. what do I have to do?


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Both drives are clean, so I'm not taking a risk of losing any data.. what exactly do I have to do to set them both up, there in the same enclosure and everything.
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
There are many articles on setting up a RAID.
I would suggest that you start with this one.
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Ok, a few things you need to start


  • Windows XP Professional, which I will assume you are using
  • A mobo or controller card with RAID support
  • Patience!

Both your drives have to be identical in size and speed. Also, what are you looking to accomplish with RAID? Speed? Redundancy? These are important factors in determining the correct RAID type for your needs.

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You should be able to set up a raid with the XP Media center that you are using.
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I want to set up Raid for 2 same exact external hard drives, I want to set them up for performance/speedy wise.

both drives are 500 gigs, stupid question but if i was to choose Raid 1 where it writes data to the drive twice, do I loose that 1 TB of space back to 500 GIGs since its copied on both.. I dont know much about raid

thanks for your replies guys
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If you set up a mirrored RAID, both drives will have the exact same DATA.
Two 500GB drives, in this configuration, will give you 500GB of storage.
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OK, Id rather set them up to have the most storage, I've read that instruction by Microsoft and its showing both drives in disk mgmt, by themselves (465.75 GIGs) each...and the option to choose Convert disk is disabled.
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