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copyfile
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software raid

I have post in a few post below a question about my server and raid. The question i now have is is it possible to normaly format the 2 disks and than make in windows 2000 server a way that a program makes from disk 2 a mirror ? Like raid 1 ? If it cane how cane i do it than ?
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copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

so my question is also how cane i format the second disk and did smartstart autmaticly format disk one ?
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: software raid

As far as I can tell Windows 2000 mirrors *partitions*, not physical disks because each disk needs a different signature.
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copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

Oke buth now i want to try if it works. How must i (in steps please !) install windows 2000 with the smartstart buth than. Howe cane i makt it so that drive 2 is also formated ? And if i cane get a array controller later cane i than also make than one work or can't ?
copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

or must i format the second disk when i have installed windows 2000 on the first disk with help of smartstart ?
JohnWRuffo
Honored Contributor

Re: software raid

Your best bet, if you do not have an Array Controller now, is to build your O/S "Assisted Install" on "ONE" disk.
Then, after the system is built and running smooth, make both disks "Dynamic" and RE-BOOT

Then, you can select, from "Disk Management" in the Computer Manager, the second disk and select to "Mirror" them together in a software RAID.
Enjoy!
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kcpant
Trusted Contributor

Re: software raid

to add the above answer, you must have some space left on both the disk if you want to make them dynamic. If you have partitioned disks with win2000 itself, then there is no problem because W2K manages free space for it.If the disks are already partitioned by any other OS, then I recomend you to repartition them with windows 2000. remember, the partitions you are planning to mirror ( software RAID1)must be exactly same in size.
once you partitioned the disks, after installing W2K, make disks dynamic ( go to disk management for this), which is a must for S/W RAID implementation. after that, select the partitions of both the disks you are going to mirror and select "mirror" by right clicking on them.

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thanks
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copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

i have now installed windows 2000 server on the first drive. buth now i didn't see the second one in "my computer" buth if i go to hardware i see hem there. so now must i first make one partition and format the drive. how cane i do this on the best way ?
copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

nobody ?
kcpant
Trusted Contributor

Re: software raid

Instead of going directly to my computer, please follow carefully the directions given on the prior answers( go to disk management for partitioning , formatting the partition and making partitions on both disks as dynamic). after that, try to mirror them.

regards,
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copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

I have done everything i have read here above buth now is see in the first disk 8mb of " unlocated space" . How did this come and what must i do with it ? i see now also " add mirror" buth i can't choise this wat must i do now ? here did you have a image of wat i see :

http://home.wanadoo.nl/copyfile/drives2.bmp

copyfile
Advisor

Re: software raid

I have found now the fould. The problem was that i must not format the second drive only make it dynamic. Now is the mirror ready. Buth now have i on both disk 8mb of "unanlocated space" Is this normal or must i do something with it ? It's only 8mb i know buth if this is not normal i want to repear it. And when i have make the drives raid1 he say i must chance something in my boot.ini that he cane also boot from the second drive (drive1) Did someone know where to fiend that file or have this file ? Thanks for you help !