Re: Drive setup

anonymous_at_discussions.microsoft.com
Date: 02/12/04


Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 12:32:25 -0800

You can still software RAID with a raid controller :)

>-----Original Message-----
>He said he was using a RAID controller...thats hardware
to me.
>
><anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>news:eb2d01c3f191$8c382eb0$a101280a@phx.gbl...
>> He didnt mention if he was going to use hardware or
>> software raid.
>>
>>
>> >-----Original Message-----
>> >Since its a hardware array windows will boot fine in a
>> RAID5, it just sees
>> >the array as disk0. You may be thinking of the
software
>> RAID thats part of
>> >the OS. The most common way to set up a server is to
>> have 2 drives mirrored
>> >as the boot drives for redundancy and the remainder
set
>> up in RAID5. Since
>> >he only has 4 drives in this case he should just use a
>> RAID5 for all the
>> >disks, It doesn't hurt to have fault tolerance for the
>> OS.
>> >
>> >"Dan" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
>> message
>> >news:eace01c3f18c$c3627170$a101280a@phx.gbl...
>> >> Unless I'm mistaken (and I'm sure someone will tell
me
>> if
>> >> I am), it isn't possible to install or start Windows
>> >> Server on a RAID-5 volume. Therefore, if you
installed
>> >> Windows on one of your SCSI drives and then
converted
>> all
>> >> four to a RAID-5 volume, you'd lose the ability to
boot
>> >> the OS, thus losing access to the volume anyway.
>> >>
>> >> Unless you're using hardware RAID, the only way to
>> >> provide fault-tolerance to the system is to use a
>> >> mirrored drive set-up. Obviously this means using a
>> >> separate drive. As you only have four, you'd need
to
>> >> create a partition/volume for the mirror on one of
>> these
>> >> and then use the remaining space to act as one part
of
>> >> the RAID volume. This would, unfortunately, limit
the
>> >> space available to the RAID volume on the other two
>> >> drives as RAID requires all volumes contained in it
to
>> be
>> >> of an equal size.
>> >>
>> >> If anyone can clarify this information for both
myself
>> >> and "annonymous", that would be helpful.
>> >>
>> >> >-----Original Message-----
>> >> >I have a new server that I am setting up on the
>> >> network.
>> >> >It has 4 removable SCSI drives in it and I
originally
>> >> >wanted to setup one volume from a single hard drive
>> >> using
>> >> >the RAID controller and install Windows on this
>> volume.
>> >> >I then wanted to create a RAID5 volume out of the
>> >> >remaining three drives for data/storage. My
coworker
>> >> >that always thinks he has the best idea insists on
>> >> >creating one RAID5 volume out of the 4 drives.
Would
>> or
>> >> >does this seem to be the best way to go? I told
him
>> >> that
>> >> >it would be easiet to rebuild the system and not
loose
>> >> >data on the data volume in the event something
>> happened
>> >> >to any of the system files. Maybe he is right this
>> time.
>> >> >.
>> >> >
>> >
>> >
>> >.
>> >
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