Solved RAID for a Bunch of Random HDDs?

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January 7, 2012 at 16:20:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 2.5 GHz / 4095 MB
I have a bunch of spare HDDs, all of differnet speeds and capacities that I would like to put to use. I don't care about redundancy or failure rate, as I'm not going to be using the PC for anything critical. I'm just simply trying to figure out a way of using all these random HDDs on a spare PC. What RAID would be ideal for this? Thanks for the help!!!

Any chance of being able to make one logical drive from a bunch of random HDDs?

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January 7, 2012 at 16:40:00
" Any chance of being able to make one logical drive from a bunch of random HDDs?" Called RAID 0

A sure recipe for disaster. If one fails then you lose everything.
You have not said whether the drives are IDE or SATA nor their capacities.
My suggestion would be to hock them on ebay and buy yourself a single drive.

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January 7, 2012 at 17:05:01 is 120GB, another is 70GB, and the list goes on. They are a mix of IDE and SATA HDDs. Would I have to partition the largest drive and cut it down to size to match the smallest one, or will RAID 0 be able to make a LD without having to partition any HDDs? My motherboard as an intergrated RAID controller on it by the way.

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January 7, 2012 at 18:05:34
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Your RAID controller would need to support JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks).

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January 8, 2012 at 15:05:37
You can easily use windows 7's volume's to combine them using dynamic volumes or do it the common way to add each drive as a folder.

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January 15, 2012 at 15:19:21
Thanks for all the responses everyone!

riider, Your JBOD suggestion did the trick. I did some research and found out that my motherboard supports JBOD. I now have JBOD running with all my HDDs and it works like a charm. Hahahaha....I'm happy I'm actually doing something with those old HDDs now!

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