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Windows 7: Raid 1 help

10 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7
Raid 1 help

I am looking into setting up Raid 1 on my windows 7 machine,
however i will be using software raid and i have read that there are a couple of issues with this.
so i have a couple of questions that any help on would be greatly appreciated.

If i set up the Mirror drive it needs to be dynamic, can you boot windows 7 from a dynamic drive?

If the main boot drive fails will i be able to boot from the mirrored drive?

i have google'd and found conflicting answers on this, and i would ideally just like some clarification on the subject, before i set to doing it only to find out it doesn't work the was i want it to.

any help is greatly appreciated.


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10 Aug 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello JakeXD.

Windows will only boot from a primary partition/drive.
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10 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7

What happens then if i were to make the secodary/ mirrored drive the primary drive? would it boot from it then?
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10 Aug 2010   #4


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JakeXD View Post
What happens then if i were to make the secodary/ mirrored drive the primary drive? would it boot from it then?
All you can do is image the drive, in a raid AKA redundant drives you still need to boot from the primary partition.
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10 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7

So what is the point in Raiding an operating system?

I dont get it, its meant to make an identical copy of the drive, yet you cant use it to boot from if the main drive fails?
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