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_d1k_
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Software RAID?

Hello all, I have a Proliant 1600 6/500 with the hot plug drive cage in the bottom front. I bought this used for $100 from a local used computer store. From what I have read about it so far is the on board scsi controller is just that, only a scsi controller and not a raid controller. I have also read that the system does support "software raid". Where can I go abouts setting this up? I have bought and installed Windows server 2003 and installed all the softpaqs and rompaqs but see nothing about raid. Can anyone shed some light here? What am I supposed to be doing?
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KarloChacon
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Re: Software RAID?

hi

I think this can help you

http://www.netadmintools.com/art439.html
regards
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
chongkan
Trusted Contributor

Re: Software RAID?

Please read the Microsoft's Software RAID userguide:

http://www.techimo.com/articles/index.pl?photo=149

Read about setup and also about the RAID rebuild from a disk failure so when it happens ( and it will ) you won't be asking where to find info about that..

regards,
KarloChacon
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Re: Software RAID?

Hi

also just to have in mind
check this
http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=630911

regards
Didn't your momma teach you to say thanks!
_d1k_
Occasional Contributor

Re: Software RAID?

Thank you very much, all.
RufusG
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Re: Software RAID?

I installed a hardware RAID Controller and added 2 extra SATA disks to create a RAID-1 store that is fail-safe. ( Today I would use the Promise TX2300 at about $70 ).

I only put the Operating System on to the original single disk.

I only put Data on to the RAID drive.

There are 4 advantages to this:

1. The hardware RAID drive starts the moment the power is on and is virtually independent of the rest of the computer. It has excellent RAID Array Manager software.

2. You could move the RAID disks and Controller card to another computer in minutes

3. The Windows Swap File and the Data are on 2 separate drives, so the overall system performance is improved.

4. You can rebuild and upgrade the Operating System or re-format the original single disk without disturbing your Data.

I keep working Data on my workstation and I have a backup utility to copy complete files and folders over to the RAID-1 drive on the server as they change.

- Belt & Braces
- LOCKS ( Lots of Copies Keep Safe )

This way I am storing personal Data and family photographs going back to 1984.

Not a very expensive solution and it is very very effective.

Hope that this helps you