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Windows 7: Does my computer support RAID?

05 Sep 2011   #1
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Does my computer support RAID?

Hi there,

I am sure that this question has come up a lot but I am struggling to tell whether my laptop does or doesn't support RAID 0. I have a Packard Bell Easynote LJ71 with two wd blue scorpio 500GB hard drives. I don't think it does but am not sure, please could someone help me???

Any help would be much appreciated.


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05 Sep 2011   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Why are you considering RAID?

Just trying to understand the reason for the question.
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05 Sep 2011   #3
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

For a performance boost and so that I don't have to separate files between hard drives. Mainly for the performance boost.
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05 Sep 2011   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The performance boost from RAID0 (not that there is much of a boost to begin with) isn't worth the risk of losing one of the drives in the array for whatever reason, as if one drive fails you will lose everything.
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05 Sep 2011   #5
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have a really decent backup system that backs up everything once a week, in a week what I could potentially lose is not bad, anything important gets backed up immediately.
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06 Sep 2011   #6
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Any help???
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06 Sep 2011   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Have you tried contacting Packard Bell and asking them? From what I can see looking at what drivers are available for it on the PB download page for that model, I would guess no.
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06 Sep 2011   #8
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
The performance boost from RAID0 (not that there is much of a boost to begin with) isn't worth the risk of losing one of the drives in the array for whatever reason, as if one drive fails you will lose everything.
If one drive fails in non-raid you will loose everything too. The probability you will loose a drive is N times as much with raid 0 on N drives vs. a single drive. However you have N times the storage and not quite N times performance. Your decision depends on whether the data on the raid is replaceable and what risk you are willing to take if not.

I very much doubt a Packard Bell BIOS would support RAID.
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07 Sep 2011   #9
Music Guy123

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I don't think it does support it but was just eondering, will try and contact them any way to be certain!!!
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07 Sep 2011   #10
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Music Guy123 View Post
I don't think it does support it but was just eondering, will try and contact them any way to be certain!!!
Your system documentation or booting to the BIOS and looking if their is any RAID setup.
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