Can I Add 2 HDD's For RAID & Keep Current HD?

September 30, 2010 at 03:28:02
Specs: Windows 7 Home, Intel 2.4Quad/6Gig
I currently have 3 SATA hard drives and would like to configure 2 of the hard drives as RAID 1, while keeping my 3rd hard drive as it is... with my Win 7 64 bit operating system untouched. Can this be done, and if so please explain?

Motherboard: Intel D975XBX2 (RAID capable)


Thank for any reponses


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#1
September 30, 2010 at 03:36:26

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#2
October 1, 2010 at 01:11:38
the nature of a raid setup would denote that this cannot work.
however you might as well give it a go, there are many conbinations of raid setups, i would suggest that you create a system image before you attempt and raid setups, so that you can if need be set up your 3 drive then simply apply your image to the initial drive.
i also doubt the speed gains you will get by using raid will make it wortyh while trying, unless your doing lots of video editing, also in a 3 drive setup you have 3 times the chance of a drive fails, which can destroy your whole data base..just a thought ;-)

for a home machine raid is not really applicable.

this link should help you though if you plan to go ahead.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/arti...

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
October 1, 2010 at 08:04:42
Do the 2 drives you are wanting to apply the changes to have data on them currently? And the 3rd is the Primary OS drive, then the RAID 1 array will just be for data storage and what not?

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October 1, 2010 at 08:30:36
jgutz20,
The 2 drives I want to use as RAID 1 DO NOT have data on them. I want to continue to use the HDD with my OS, and only use the RAID HDD's for data storage. My motherboard (Intel D975XBX2) uses 4 SATA ports controlled by the ICH7R South Bridge and 4 other SATA ports controlled by a seperate Marvell 88SE6145 chip. I was thinking I could keep my original HDD with the OS connected to the MB South Bridge controlled chip, and add 2 HDD's to be used as RAID 1, to the other SATA ports controlled by the Marvell chip...but I don't know if that's possible.

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