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Windows 7: Hard drives and what to do next


01 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 
Hard drives and what to do next

Hey, I'm in need a more hard drive space on the computer, I want to invest in 2 new 500GB drives and maybe put them into RAID 0, my current hard drives are a 500GB Hitatchi and a 1TB Hitatchi.

So a couple of questions.

Is is ok to have separate hard drive makes in a computer? So having 2 Hitatchi drives and 2 Western Digital drives, sounds stupid I know :P

and

If I installed the new drives, and I wanted them in RAID 0, how would I move the hard drives around? If I moved the hard drive with the OS then would cause me issues? If it would then would the best cause of action to backup the OS drive and copy it to the new drive?

Sorry if I made no sense in the questions, I's rather be sure what I'm doing that screw up hard drives somehow :P

Thanks


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01 Apr 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I'll try to answer a couple of your questions. I have never done a RAID setup, so I'll save that for somebody that knows about it. First, I would check to see how many unused SATA ports are available on your MB. How many mounting bays are availble in your case? I have had up to 8 HD's in a computer, all of various mfgs and various sizes from 80gb to 2tb.
Best of luck in upgrading HD's, it is usually easy.
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01 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
 
 

Got 4 bays left and its ready to add new drives, all the cables are in there for it.
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01 Apr 2011   #4

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Different hard drive brands aren't an issue.

I know very little about RAID, but I have read recently that RAID 0 is pretty much pointless for the average user. I'd do a lot more investigation on it.
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10 Apr 2011   #5

windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
I'll try to answer a couple of your questions. I have never done a RAID setup, so I'll save that for somebody that knows about it. First, I would check to see how many unused SATA ports are available on your MB. How many mounting bays are availble in your case? I have had up to 8 HD's in a computer, all of various mfgs and various sizes from 80gb to 2tb.
Best of luck in upgrading HD's, it is usually easy.
yeah i got a 250 gb seagate external hard drive. it works fine and i love it the only problem is that its full of movies and shit and the drive on my laptop is also full. today i went out and bought a 1tb seagate free agent standup drive. i plugged it in and formated it and it also works fine. heres the problem . i have like 4 usb ports so i just plugged 2 drives in . my computer will only pick up one drive at a time. wtf. any ideas
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