Set RAID 5 external SCSI in Disk Management

October 27, 2011 at 11:41:31
Specs: Windows 2000 Professional
Have external SCSI 3TB RAID - need to get it properly configured in Disk Management to actually show up in "My Computer" as connected drive. Running Win2K Pro OS. RAID contains 8 - 500GB drives, and has been initialized. Disk management shows as:
Disk 1 Dynamic 2047.99GB Online and Disk 2 Dynamic 1209.22GB Online, but both are Unallocated. (I changed them to Dynamic from Basic - was that right?)
I want them set as RAID-5, but am not computer tech and don't know where to go from here and don't want to mess it up. Please advise!

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October 27, 2011 at 11:54:09
To use RAID 5 on Windows 2000 Pro you will need a separate RAID controller. Do you have this? Windows 2000 Pro does not support software RAID 5. To implement software RAID 5 you would need a server OS.

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October 28, 2011 at 08:55:45
Yes, controller in the unit, and card in the primary box. That should have been clear by the fact that the RAID initialized into a 2TB and a 1TB disk. We're ito the "Create Volume" arena at this point. I don't know wheter it should be a striping or spanning volume, nor what size to specify.

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October 28, 2011 at 09:00:44
BTW - Win 2K Professional also supports RAID, otherwise the software design engineer wouldn't have set it up this way. This is my second system from this manufacturer, unfortunately, they've gone out of business and there's no tech support available for it (A-Systems VersaCaster). Their engineer set up my first system 7-1/2 years ago, and this current one was donated from another agency - but their guys wiped the RAID clean, so I'm starting from scratch on that side of it.

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