Just upgraded to Windows7 and I've given new though to setting up a raid. My mobo has a built in raid controller and I've had 2 300gb SATA HD's sitting in the PC just begging to be raided together. I formatted the 2nd recently and enabled the raid controller in the bios, then set the HDs up as a raid, but it won't boot past 'Verifying DMI data' or whatever. I'm assuming I need to setup the raid before I install windows?
I've heard its doable with windows Disk Management utility but I haven't figured out how, any help would be appreciated.
Creating a new RAID volume is a destructive process, you need your data stored on alternate disks if you want to keep hold of it.
I'm assuming you are interested in performance and not hardware redundancy, aka RAID 0. If you do this right, you'll still have the 600gb capacity and it will show up as one large drive when you boot the Win7 install.
Sorry if it's not clear/exact but this varies a bit. If you have the rarer form where you set it up in the BIOS, well, you're just going to have to poke around in it because I can't say exactly where to look.
I rarely use upwards of 100GB so I don't really foresee that as a problem. I guess I'll back up the 30gb of files I'd like to keep tonight. Tomorrow morning I'll enable hardware raid - then do a fresh install. I was just hoping I could be lazy about it I guess
I'll post success/failure then.
RAID 1 prevents against a failing hard drive causing your system/data to go down, correct. Not accidently deletes, corruption, etc.
Edit: issue resolved. Didn't install on a raid though. Back to the drawing board.
Highly unlikely. You're better off just getting something like a WD Black drive instead. Consumer level onboard RAID is typically crap and the performance gains to be had via RAID 1 are negligible. Two crappy older drives in RAID 1 are still going to be slow compared to a newer high performance drive.
Also keep in mind that if your mb dies, all your data is toast unless you can find a replacement board with the same controller. This is why you should just leave it as two separate disks and then do the RAID within the OS.
Once you have windows 7 installed, go to the computer management console and convert the disks to dynamic. You should then be able to mirror them.