|I have 3 hard drives in my PC. My 500GB C drive that Windows Server 2008 R2 is installed on to, and two 1.5TB drives that I want to setup RAID 0 (mirroring) on for data storage.|
Now, I had this all setup previously in Windows Server 2003. The process I had to go through to install the RAID was to first enable RAID in the BIOS, and then create the RAID 0 array using the BIOS tool (hardware RAID). From there I booted into Windows and went into the Disk Management utility. In here Windows recognized both of the drives as being separate, so I had to convert them both into dynamic disks and format them, and then create a new mirrored volume, specifying to use the 2 hard drives for the mirrored volume (software RAID).
So now I've updated my system to Windows Server 2008 R2, and after I did so, Windows complained that one of the drives on the raid had errors, and I ended up backing up my data and having to delete the raid volumes. So now I'm just trying to setup a fresh RAID configuration. If I disable RAID in the bios, then both of the hard drives show up in the Windows Disk Management utility. However, if I enable RAID and create the array in the BIOS, then the Windows Disk Management utility only recognizes one hard drive.
So my question is, do I need to create both a hardward RAID and software RAID like I did in Windows Server 2003 (since I apparently can't create a software RAID in 2008)? Will using just the hardware RAID still write my data to both drives? And since I am not creating a software RAID, do I still need to convert the disk to a dynamic disk?
Thanks in advance.
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