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Windows 7: Setup raid 0 after install


05 Dec 2009   #1

xp pro Win 7
 
 
Setup raid 0 after install

Can you setup a riad 0 after win 7 is installed, I have 2 1tb drives, win 7 on one other not setup yet.


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05 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, go to Disk Management and set up a new mirrored volume. I am not sure: you may need to convert to dynamic disk for it to work.
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05 Dec 2009   #3

xp pro Win 7
 
 

What are the pros and cons of doing it this way, or should I do a fresh install and enable the raid and set the array to 0 then install.
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05 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

N/A. Doesn't matter which order you do it in.
Edit: after posting, I realized that the only difference it will make is that after you have put stuff on the drive, it will take longer to sync than if it was empty. This is a one-time thing, however, and the time you spend doing a clean install exceeds the initial sync time.
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05 Dec 2009   #5

xp pro Win 7
 
 

What I meant was should I try to stripe it in windows, or do a fresh install and setup raid then install win 7. Never used raid before, I have read and understand it now.
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05 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you motherboard supports it, I would recommend using RAID at that level. If not, or you want to do it the easy way, so it in Windows. I have never used RAID, either, just played around with it briefly.
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05 Dec 2009   #7

xp pro Win 7
 
 

If I do it windows, will I still get the Raid 0 performance.
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05 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It will use your CPU instead of whatever resources the board uses. In short, probably, but it will use slightly more resources. In all honesty, you will probably not notice a difference.
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05 Dec 2009   #9

xp pro Win 7
 
 

Has anyone compared a raid 0 setup in Win 7, verse a raid 0 done during install.
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06 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The "only" reason that I would use a RAID 0 implementation from within Windows was if my mobo didn't support RAID and I absolutely needed the extra drive space and simply could not afford another standalone hard drive with enough capacity. You won't really get the performance benefit of RAID 0 from Windows striping that you would get with a real RAID card.
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