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Windows 7: How do I set up RAID 1

30 Oct 2011   #1

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How do I set up RAID 1

I recently did a clean install with Windows 7 Ultimate (x64).
I have already set up ALL of my software and reconfigured them to my preferences; there really is a lot (about a 12 hr process). Previously, I used a backup partition simply to have backups of setup files for all my software. I have only recently learned of RAID 0 and RAID 1. Since my backup partition (on a separate internal HDD) is exactly the same size as my OS partition, I decided that I want to use RAID 1.

What software should I use to set up RAID 1 on my existing system? If I must, I could transfer everything over to my 2TB external HDD while I format and set up RAID 1 on the internal drives.
Also, is it possible to use RAID 1 on 'same size' (66GB) partitions rather than the entire 500GB HDD?

Here is my system info and HDD set up:

I want to use RAID 1 on C: and D: only.
Thanks, everyone!

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30 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Creating a RAID array is usually done while booting your PC (usually options present themselves after POST) and depends on your motherboard. Best best is to consult your Mobo User Manual as it will specify.

Creating a RAID array destroys any data on the drives.

When creating a RAID array, the drive sizes should always be equal and preferribly the same make and model to ensure a successful recovery in the event of a failure of one drive.

RAID arrays typically require hardware to create, either in the form of a chipset that supports RAID or a RAID card in a PCI slot for example should your motherboard not have RAID capabilites.

Here is a link to software based RAID, however I highly doubt its as effective as hardware based RAID options. I personally have only used hardware based RAID.
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