my computer doesn't see its second hard drive

April 27, 2011 at 03:58:01
Specs: Windows XP
Im trying to setup raid 0 on my desktop,
Ive had this setup before and have since formatted my computer.
this same thing happened the first time i tried to setup raid but i took it to my friend in IT and he set it up for me, thats no longer an option.

my computer doesn't recognizes that i have a second hard drive until i go to install windows then it sees the second drive and asks if i want to install windows on it.

and so when i go to the raid setup and i click the "create raid set" option it comes back and says "not enough single drives to create Raid set!"

i don't know what im doing wrong or what i should do next.

please help. thanks

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April 27, 2011 at 04:34:05
This might not be the answer you're looking for, but I would advise you not to use a raid setup. Why not just create a backup image of the primary drive, and in case of a failure, it's easy to restore. Store the image on an external drive or backup to a cd. In case of a drive failure, you can be back up and running in a short time.

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April 27, 2011 at 04:51:35
You need to install the raid driver during windows setup / install (prior to use). Get it from the hardware vendor. If installed after setup, the set may not function properly, but it will function.

This is an advanced setup. It's worth supporting your local computer guru on this one. Especially if the data is critical.

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April 27, 2011 at 05:07:19
You're not going to get much support in these forums for a RAID-0 config.

As modify.hardware stated, you need to install the RAID drivers at the start of the XP installation. You should be able to find the drivers at the motherboard manufacturer's website. Hopefully your system has a floppy drive? Copy the drivers to a floppy, boot off the XP disk & watch for the prompt to "Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver....". Press F6, insert the floppy & follow the instructions.

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April 27, 2011 at 07:24:01
The fact that you are repeating the process speaks volumes about the value of RAID 0.

Additionally, you should really research the value in terms of speed. I think you will find that RAID 0 is not really of much benefit in most cases.

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April 27, 2011 at 09:26:10
im not really worried about loosing the data if it crashes its just my home computer and i backup most of the things i need. it was just an option that my friend in IT told me about so we did it. also the reason im doing it again wasn't because a hard drive failure it was just that i reformated the computer as a yearly sort of spring cleaning. my system dosn't have a floppy drive. so would it just be better to use the second drive as data storage?

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April 27, 2011 at 09:52:25
I would suggest you do that. A personal computer doesn't need a raid setup especially raid 0. You don't need to reformat every spring. Formatting should be a last resort if you're having problems. Good maintenance is the first step to keeping your machine running smooth.

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