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  Setting up Raid 1 
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joe dotm Jan 08, 2012, 05:02am EST Report Abuse

I need to set up Raid 1 on A Gateway server;
The motherboard's model is GT110F2.
I booted the Gateway server and i can only see press F2 for setup, F10 for boot menu.

PS: I did some googling. What do you think about the following?
if I install Win2008 server on one HDD (1TB) and follow the tutorial to have the second 1TB as mirror?

Could you pls clarify this dynamic vs basic disk?

Thanx a lot

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Seth Hoffman Jan 23, 2012, 12:25pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Setting up Raid 1
Does your server have a RAID controller built in? If so, then doing software RAID is ill advised. Most servers I've dealt with you need to go into the BIOS and tell it that you're using RAID mode for the SCSI/SAS/SATA drives. Once this option is set you will then get the prompt (usually ctrl+i in my experience) to configure the hardware RAID.

RAID 1 will be mirroring and you'll only have half the capacity of two drives 2x1TB =1TB of usable space.

Also most servers are hot swappable, meaning if one drive fails in the array you can pull the failed drive and replace it, the controller will rebuild the failed volume without any intervention from the user.

Software RAID will not give you the redundancy features of hardware RAID but will provide some level of recovery.

Basic volumes cannot span multiple disks, but will work for RAID1 because the volume is not being spanned, it's just writing the same data to two physical drives. Dynamic disks allow for a volume to span multiple disks like in RAID 0,5,6,50,10 etc.

Hope this helps ;)

joe dotm Jan 24, 2012, 12:57pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Setting up Raid 1
Hi Seth,

Your help was helpful. it did the job.

Thanx a lot,



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