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  • I am running windows home server on a intel Media Series LGA 775 DP35DP.  I have two harddrives and both are seagate SATA drives 3.5" 250gb ST3250310AS. I want to put these two drives in a raid 0 configuration and have the drivers and software but i am unaware on how go about making them a raid and i want to add more drives in the future and i want them to be in raid 0 or 1. Can i install raid drivers with the WHS OS on the drives or will it corrupt my operating system and if i can then how can i do it?

    • Edited by Allen T Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:43 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:02 AM

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  • First, you don't want to use RAID 0 for anything except data that you can easily recover or recreate. RAID 0 is a stripe set, and is less reliable than the least reliable drive in the set. With two drives you want to use RAID 1 for reliability, which is mirroring.

    That said, RAID is an unsupported technology on Windows Home Server. That doesn't mean it won't work, but it does mean that Microsoft didn't take RAID into consideration when designing Windows Home Server, and they won't take bug reports related to RAID issues. For almost every Windows Home Server user, RAID turns out to be a hindrance to their use of their server. Given that you don't seem to have much technical knowledge about RAID ("... but i am unaware on how go about making them a raid ...") I think you would be much better off not trying to configure a RAID array; just stick with the features and functionality that Windows Home Server itself supports.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:35 AM
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  • First, you don't want to use RAID 0 for anything except data that you can easily recover or recreate. RAID 0 is a stripe set, and is less reliable than the least reliable drive in the set. With two drives you want to use RAID 1 for reliability, which is mirroring.

    That said, RAID is an unsupported technology on Windows Home Server. That doesn't mean it won't work, but it does mean that Microsoft didn't take RAID into consideration when designing Windows Home Server, and they won't take bug reports related to RAID issues. For almost every Windows Home Server user, RAID turns out to be a hindrance to their use of their server. Given that you don't seem to have much technical knowledge about RAID ("... but i am unaware on how go about making them a raid ...") I think you would be much better off not trying to configure a RAID array; just stick with the features and functionality that Windows Home Server itself supports.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:35 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you for the information! It was very hopeful and informative, i have been building computer systems for about five years know and i have just got started on building a server.  This was my first one and i am trying to learn as much as i can on the side about it because i am going to school and trying to get A+ certifide and having knowledge on servers and computer systems in general is essential in the IT field.
    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:51 PM