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adding windows xp to a laptop with a RAID 0

By pejsmith ·
Can anyone advise me how to add Windows xp to my laptop that CAN be configured to a raid? It seems to me that as soon as I convert the two matched drives (one of them having xp installed on it) to raid 0, The set up to raid 0 will erase the OS. that is already installed and cause a crash. Any advice would be very welcome. Peter Smith

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That would make sense

by bart777 In reply to adding windows xp to a la ...

When you use RAID-0 you are striping the disks. This will split all of the data between the drives. When this process is done it will wipe the drive to setup the stripe. Are you sure you want RAID-0? I would think you would want RAID-1 (Mirror).

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I should have made it clearer

by pejsmith In reply to That would make sense

Thanks for the response. I need the speed of raid 0 and am prepared to accept the risks of this type of configuration. At present the laptop has a C drive with xp pro as an OS and a D drive (which is in the dvd drive slot). I can't config. the raid until I install the raid drivers during a fresh xp. install. Now I will have XP with my drivers for raid on C drive. As soon as I try to configure the raid the process will erase the OS and crash. Since this laptop can be purchased with the HD?s configured as a raid I know it can be done, but how? Any thought would be welcome Peter Smith

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Assumptions?

by scott_heath In reply to adding windows xp to a la ...

So, you can't install Windows when you have the RAID enabled because it doesn't find any disks so you install Windows then try to conver it to RAID? It sounds like you may have done this more than once by the wording of your email. You need to find the appropriate driver for your RAID chipset and when Windows Setup is first loading you press F6 and supply the driver.

Changing a RAID config will almost always cause data loss. The only exeption I can think of is breaking a mirror, because you have two complete copies of the data. Let me know how it goes.

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I should have made it clearer

by pejsmith In reply to Assumptions?

Thanks for the response. I need the speed of raid 0 and am prepared to accept the risks of this type of configuration. At present the laptop has a C drive with xp pro as an OS and a D drive (which is in the dvd drive slot). I can't config. the raid until I install the raid drivers during a fresh xp. install. Now I will have XP with my drivers for raid on C drive. As soon as I try to configure the raid the process will erase the OS and crash. Since this laptop can be purchased with the HD?s configured as a raid I know it can be done but how? Any thought would be welcome Peter Smith

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Re-configure from 1 disk to RAID-0

by Mark OVK In reply to I should have made it cle ...

1. You have to have an external disk (USB etc.) and copy the local disk to the ext. drive. (Use Ghost or something similar, a 1:1 copy will fail.)
2. Boot from the external disk and make sure it works.
3. Configure your internal drive to RAID-0
4. Install the drivers to that drive in the windows installation that is now on the external drive. If you don't do this, it won't boot after step 5.
5. Copy the windows install to the RAID-0 drive and reboot.

It should now work (let me know).

Cheers,

Mark

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I will Try this ,but

by pejsmith In reply to Re-configure from 1 disk ...

Hi Mark, Thank you for your response. I am away from home at the moment but will try this in a couple of days when I get back. A couple of things though, I thought that you couldn?t boot windows from a external drive ( although I did download a way to reconfigure a modified boot cd ) and the only way to install raid drivers is during a fresh xp install (F6 with a floppy). The fresh install would be a none issue and I would have to install the raid drivers from a modified usb storage stick. I?m wondering whether I might get a conflict between the external HD and the stick as they are both usb. I?m looking forward to trying what you suggest and will let you know the results. Once again thank you for your help Peter Smith

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No problem using USB HDD

by Mark OVK In reply to I will Try this ,but

It works the same as a USB disk or a floppy drive.

It just has to be supported by your BIOS.
But if you have RAID 0 in your laptop, you must have USB HDD Support

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No Luck

by pejsmith In reply to I will Try this ,but

Hi Mark, I did what you suggested with no luck. I created a ghost of the hd, created a raid 0 but couldn't reload the ghost image. Did I do something wrong? Peter

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Installing the raid drivers

by Mark OVK In reply to No Luck

Did you install the raid drivers before you reloaded the image?

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Ahhh...

by scott_heath In reply to I should have made it cle ...

This is not possible without HW RAID. Your system drive holds the drive setup info and since it has to be overwritten in order to stipe data, I just don't see it ever happening. What model is your laptop? Did you check and see in the BIOS if you can enable and configure HW RAID?

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