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Q: Setting up Raid 1 with Windows 7

A question for setting up Raid 1 ( I have never attempted Raid before). I understand that Raid 1 can be set up thru Windows 7. I have one 1TB drive with Windows 7 pro, 64-bit and one blank 1TB drive, which I would like to use to mirror the other drive.  I know that when using hardware Raid that you must set it up before loading the OS. I already have many programs, etc. on my main drive and was hoping it wasn't too late to use the blank drive as a mirror. If so, are there some simple instructions to follow?  Thanks in advance.

 

 

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"Ehuggins" wrote in message
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> A question for setting up Raid 1 ( I have never attempted Raid
> before). I understand that Raid 1 can be set up thru Windows 7. I
> have one 1TB drive with Windows 7 pro, 64-bit and one blank 1TB
> drive, which I would like to use to mirror the other drive. I know
> that when using hardware Raid that you must set it up before loading
> the OS. I already have many programs, etc. on my main drive and was
> hoping it wasn't too late to use the blank drive as a mirror. If so,
> are there some simple instructions to follow? Thanks in advance.



It's not an answer to your question, but I recommend that you do *not*
do this.

RAID 1 (mirroring) is *not* a backup solution. RAID 1 uses two or more
drives, each a duplicate of the others, to provide redundancy, not
backup. It's used in situations (almost always within corporations,
not in homes) where any downtown can't be tolerated, because the way
it works is that if one drive fails the other takes over seamlessly.
Although some people thing of RAID 1 as a backup technique, that is
*not* what it is, since it's subject to simultaneous loss of the
original and the mirror to many of the most common dangers threatening
your data--severe power glitches, nearby lightning strikes, virus
attacks, theft of the computer, etc. Most companies that use RAID 1
also have a strong external backup plan in place.

Also see "Why RAID is (usually) a Terrible Idea"
http://www.pugetsystems.com/articles?&id=29



--
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003


Ken Blake

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