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#1 MaxxRezz

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Posted 29 October 2002 - 06:48 AM

I herd somthing about software based raid can anyone bring me upto speed on this?
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Posted 29 October 2002 - 11:33 AM

http://www.zzyzx.com...s_soft_raid.pdf

That is a starter on HW vs SW raid. What OS were you thinking bout trying this on?

Edit: Another primer on RAID: http://www.adaptec.c...type=Technology

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Posted 29 October 2002 - 12:29 PM

i was thinking about win 2k pro

i have a partishon though will it make any diff?
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Posted 29 October 2002 - 12:37 PM

I just been reading thoses links and think ill give it a miss as i cannot afford hardware raid and dont want any degrading of performance on the software option.

thanks anyway though.!
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Posted 29 October 2002 - 12:39 PM

Software raid is generally as fast as cheap hardware raid (virtually any card $100 or less). Reason being they rely on the cpu to do most of the work anyways.

Quick tip, don't spend a ton of money on a real hardware raid card if you're going raid0 or raid1 (the most common two types), as it is actually faster using the cpu than a dedicated controller on the card. I remember seeing a review somewhere, and the software-raid cards (they're hardware, but rely on the cpu, like a winmodem) outperformed the hardware based ones everytime.

I haven't done software-raid on windows, but I believe you have to convert the drive into a dynamic disk, then it can do software raid. Hopefully someone else can clarify this, as I really only have raid experience in linux.

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Posted 29 October 2002 - 05:45 PM

I haven't done software-raid on windows, but I believe you have to convert the drive into a dynamic disk, then it can do software raid. Hopefully someone else can clarify this, as I really only have raid experience in linux.

That is basically the gist of software raid in win2k. Convert to dynamic disk and then there should be an option for redundancy.

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Posted 30 October 2002 - 03:23 PM

Excellent Raid explanation....

http://www.msi.com.t...raid/raid_2.htm

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Posted 06 November 2002 - 06:09 AM

thanks for that guys!
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