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RAID setup questions

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I currently have 3x hard drives.. 74GB ADFD Raptor, Seagate 7200.9 250gb, Hitachi 7K250 160gb PATA..

I will throw out the 7K250 and make room for 2x 7200.10 320gbs, and I plan to RAID-0 them.

Now once I create the RAID array, my question is.... since my Raptor is my DEDICATED OS drive, I like to install Windows w/o any other drives plugged in other than the Raptor, so I usually disconnect my HDs. Plus I also never use SP2 slipstreamed so I havet o install regular XP then SP2, and we all know the 137gb problem, so I'm afraid it will screw up the RAID-0 drives.

Can I plug and unplug my 2x7200.10s with ease like that (not hot swap, but just power down, unplug, replug in) and the RAID array will still be intact? AFter all I don't want to screw anything up and lose the entire array.

Moreover, I still cant understand the basics of RAID... Hardware of software? I have an DFI NF4 Ultra-D which gives me onboard RAID. Intuition tells me that's hardware RAID because there is a controller doing the job, although it's definitely far from doing a good job. Is software just PURELY reliant on software to create a RAID array, meaning your IDE/SATA controllers don't even need to have RAID ability? Please explain. Thanks

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You should be able to just unplug them and be on your way to installing a new OS. Just plug them back in when you're done. If needed reconifgure your array in the controller bios.

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You should be able to just unplug them and be on your way to installing a new OS. Just plug them back in when you're done. If needed reconifgure your array in the controller bios.

Oh... well of course I'm concerned about losing my data. I'm a newb at this, so having never done it, I don't want to press the wrong button and it wipes the whole array clean....

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You should be able to just unplug them and be on your way to installing a new OS. Just plug them back in when you're done. If needed reconifgure your array in the controller bios.

Oh... well of course I'm concerned about losing my data. I'm a newb at this, so having never done it, I don't want to press the wrong button and it wipes the whole array clean....

In spite of all the previous posts on SR that RAID 0 will hardly do anything for you except increase your chance of data loss, if you're still determined to go down the RAID 0 path, then make a backup of your important data onto DVD or an external hard drive.

Also, you made it sound like you were creating the RAID 0 volume, so what data would there be to lose on the RAID 0 anyway?

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Addendum:

Of course, I find it more than slightly ironic that you're expressing concern about losing your data, while discussing creating a RAID 0 volume for something besides temporary file storage (normally best used for video editing, Photoshop, or the like).

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