Re: Idiots guide to RAID?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by LINA MOHAMED, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. LINA MOHAMED

    LINA MOHAMED Guest

    hi
    "Fredrick" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > The typical promise RAID supports striping (1) and mirroring (2), no
    > RAID 3 & 5.
    >
    > It is best to use identical drives (size, manufacturer, specs, etc.),
    > for striping. You can add a new larger drive to an existing smaller
    > drive for mirroring. I prefer striping for increased OS performance but
    > I always have a drive image handy for disaster recovery.
    >
    > After the drives are physically installed, you typically enable the
    > controller and select RAID in the main Bios, then reboot and run the
    > Promise build bios to configure the array.
    >
    > I think it is best to use two drives & two cables, both set as a primary
    > masters rather than a PM/PS, in terms of performance.
    >
    > The controller will detect properly installed drives during boot an
    > identify which key(s) to hit to run the RAID bios - it is easy from this
    > point - just select the configuration for the array.
    >
    > If this works, remember to set the Promise controller to Primary Master
    > in the MB bios if this nis going to be your OS drive...
    >
    > Also, with striping, your OS will probably not have the driver installed
    > so if you transfer your old OS to the new array, it will not load. You
    > can usually avoid the reinstall if you set the array first, let windows
    > detect the array, install the driver, image the partition, switch the
    > array to boot and then transfer the image with the driver to the new
    > boot/OS drive.
    >
    > see these links:
    >
    > http://www.tomshardware.com/
    >
    > http://www.finitesystems.com/PRODUCT/raid/raidlevel.htm
    >
    > + the install guides on the manufactures web site
    >
    > TC
    >
    > Hi - Adopt Me! wrote:
    > > At the moment, I've got more hard drives than sense and am looking to

    put
    > > some of them to work using my motherboard's built-in RAID connectors.
    > >
    > > I know a bare minimum about how RAID works, but was looking to setup a

    RAID
    > > 0+1 array using two of the drives to offer performance and data

    redundancy,
    > > albeit at the cost of 50% of the available space. This seems a fair
    > > trade-off given my excess of ignored drives at the moment.
    > >
    > > Hard part is where to begin. Which drives are most suitable? Must they

    be
    > > the exact same size and from the same manufacturer? Are RAID 3 & 5

    available
    > > from my Promise controller? Is there a website that can answer these
    > > questions? And where have I left my Iwill KK266 owner's manual?
    > >
    > > Answers to any of the above questions appreciated.
    > >
    > >

    >
     
    LINA MOHAMED, Jul 20, 2003
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