Need advice on a Hard Drive/Raid Setup
I got an Abit KT7A-Raid today together with 2 40 Gig 7200rpm Seagate Barracudas.This is added to my 13 Gig Quantum Fireball CX13.0A(5400rpm) and my 17 Gig Fujitsu MPD3173AT.
Currently the system is set up like so:
Primary IDE Channel
(Master) C:\ Drive : Quantum Fireball CX13.0A
(Slave)D:\ Drive : Fujitsu MPD3173AT
Seconday IDE Channel
(Master) (E:\ Drive : CL DVD Rom 12x)
(Slave) (F:\ Drive : HP CDRW 9510i)
(G:\ Drive : Iomega USB Zip 250)
Raid - Primary Channel
(Master) H:\ Drive : Seagate ST340824 A
(Slave) - None
Raid - Secondary Channel
(Master) I:\ Drive : Seagate ST340824 A
(Slave) - None
Currently All my programs are on Drive C and my games/Mp3's and downloads are on Drive D
What im thinking of doing:
- Moving all of C:\ onto H:\
- Using I:\ as a mirror disk of H:\
- Splitting contents of D:\ Between the Cleared C:\ and D:\
Use H:\ as the main drive (Copying all files from C:\) and splitting all other content over the remaining 3 Drives
I have no idea how to move all my files from C:\ to H:\ and Then use H:\ as the main Operating system drive - is it just worth installing everything again on H:\ and formatting C:\?!?!
Any better suggestions of setup of the hard disks (what content on what drive etc.) would be greatly accepted.
On a final note, people with Raid motherboards, what setups do you use for your hard disks and your operating systems?
If you are going to move the O/S image onto the raid drive and use the original IDE drive for something else, couldn't you go into your BIOS and change the boot order to look at the Raid drive that the O/S is located on first?
I thought that the primary partition for windows(if thats what you are using for an O/S) had to be on "C"? I am not for sure about this, so don't read a lot into my theroies
I have an Iwill KA-266R 1.2 Ghz T-bird 384 megs PC2100 crucial ram and 4 30 gig seagate barracuda III's and an IBM deskstar 30 gig drive.
I have the seagates as raid 0 stripes (2 drives @about 60 each) and the IBM is on my primary IDE channel with windows 2000 on it.
WHen I set up my machine, I put W2K on the PRI IDE, went back and changed the boot order to look at the RAid arrays first, put the boot disk in, assigned drive letters to the raid arrays and changed boot order back to IDE 1, floppy, CD-ROM and went to the raid drives and let W2K format them .
I don't know if this is the optimal way to do it, but it was my first foray with RAID and it seemed to go pretty well.
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