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Windows 7: Software RAID

04 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 
Software RAID

i am wondering if software RAID is provided only with OS. eg. i use Windows 7 - i must use Win 7 to create RAID? or is there like a 3rd party tool? i heard Windows 7 does not support RAID5? is there a way to get RAID5 in Windows 7, or must i settle with RAID1

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04 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To get RAID 5 you would need a third party solution. The Windows 7 software RAID simply cannot setup and control RAID 5...but Windows 7 can use it when it's provided via some other method...such as;
  • motherboard with RAID 5 capability
  • add-on controller card for drives with RAID 5 (best performance)
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05 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

when u say best performance, u mean windows 7 software raid included? say Windows 7 RAID1 vs Addon Controller RAID1?
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05 Jun 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
To get RAID 5 you would need a third party solution. The Windows 7 software RAID simply cannot setup and control RAID 5...but Windows 7 can use it when it's provided via some other method...such as;
  • motherboard with RAID 5 capability
  • add-on controller card for drives with RAID 5 (best performance)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jiewmeng View Post
when u say best performance, u mean windows 7 software raid included? say Windows 7 RAID1 vs Addon Controller RAID1?
Best performance via add-on card vs motherboard. If you use the motherboard, then some of the resources used to maintain the array come from the cpu. If you use an add-on card--a good one--then the card usually has its own processor to maintain the array, which would give you better performance over a motherboard based array.
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05 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

so software RAID still give best performance overall (comparing sw, motherboard, addon)?
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