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Retrofitting Mirror Raid Drive





jwellsy
With hard drives being so cheap these days I want to add a second hard drive into an XP machine and use it as an exact copy of the first one in case that first one dies.

Can a retrofitted raid array, copy the previous stuff already written on the original drive, or do you have to install the new drive then do a fresh OS install?

Any tips on how to set up a mirror raid, is it in fdisk?

What about the drive jumpers? Is the original drive master and raid drive a slave?
Helios
If you want to clone, there's the RAID 1 configuration, but it's no way good for backups.
RAID 3/4 will do the job, but it requires another disk.

Anyway, you can make clone backups of your hard disk every once in a while (using Ghost or whatever), and place the content onto the second disk. Don't even leave it connected, let it sit there in the case, and connect only on backup uploading and if your main HD fails. That, I think, is the safest option you can try without getting problems with both of your disks.

Here's a discussion I found where somebody asks a similar question to yours:
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?threadID=276873
jwellsy
That's a good link. They talk about raids being worthless for a virus or corrupt data/settings because the problem just gets copied to the other disks.
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