sorry to disagree with you dsennette, (well sort of disagree. ) but raid 1 is raid 1 whether that's a hardware raid set up (dedicated raid controller or a fake raid chip on the motherboard) or a software raid setup (created by the os, which is exactly what windows storage space creates.), after all raid 1 is really just data mirroring on 2 drives.
Storage Spaces is a storage virtualization technology which succeeds Logical Disk Manager and allows the organization of physical disks into logical volumes similar to Logical Volume Manager (Linux), RAID1 or RAID5, but at a higher abstraction level.[
from here:- https://en.wikipedia...ndows_8#Storage
any drive from a raid 1 can be taken out of any pc and used in any other (as long as it's data only and not also the os because of course then you run into driver issues and such.) as a single drive to read the data if required, as to rebuilding the raid then that is a different thing, and depends on if it was a hardware raid and what controllers were used but in general i'd say it can also be used to create or rebuild a raid 1 setup, after all it is just more or less cloning that drive onto another one and from then on the os/controller making any changes to both after that.
RAID 1 RAID 1 consists of data mirroring, without parity or striping. Data is written identically to two (or more) drives, thereby producing a "mirrored set" of drives. Thus, any read request can be serviced by any drive in the set. If a request is broadcast to every drive in the set, it can be serviced by the drive that accesses the data first (depending on its seek time and rotational latency), improving performance. Sustained read throughput, if the controller or software is optimized for it, approaches the sum of throughputs of every drive in the set, just as for RAID 0. Actual read throughput of most RAID 1 implementations is slower than the fastest drive. Write throughput is always slower because every drive must be updated, and the slowest drive limits the write performance. The array continues to operate as long as at least one drive is functioning.
from here :- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
personally i haven't set up a hardware raid in years and only use software raid setup by the os (linux in my case.).
My original back up plan was using a hot swap bay. At least the drive is not spinning all the time.
So if I do the RAID1 I guard against drive failer, somewhat.
Then the problem becomes, dumping the system and starting over. Config MoBo w/ OS to run RAID. Correct?
OR, I keep one 1.5tb internal and the other using the hot swap bay.
Problem is using Windows or Norton 360 as back ups is a pain! I guess I'll have to check out Macrium or some other program.
Something easy to work with, and by that I mean logically easy.
your os in on the ssd drive so setting up raid 1 using 2x 1.5tb drives should be easy enough, and not need "dumping the system and starting again" i'd not worry about setting raid in bios and just use dsennettes recommendations of creating a software raid using windows storage spaces if that's the route you finally take.
don't forget to backup your data first just in case you make a mistake and wipe the drives.
what you need to understand though to raid 1 both drives need to be in the machine at all times, otherwise it is not a raid 1.
your original plan of using the hot swap bay for backing up is probably just as good or if not a better solution in your case as creating a raid 1, after all your only really worried about data protection and not having pc redundancy. ie. up and running without any down time when a drive fails, which is what raid 1 is usually used for in the first place.
backup plans should have your data stored in at least 3 different locations in my opinion, as to macrium reflect you can use that to manually backup your data or if you buy it then you will get the option to automate the process, so you can set it and forget it.
then you'd only need to create the 3rd backup (backup of your backup) manually on a regular basis for extra piece of mind.
Edited by terry1966, 23 October 2015 - 11:32 AM.