1.    15 Jan 2016 #1
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    Confused - Want to set up storage space - All look like 1 drive


    An answer to this question may clear up my confusion: Can the C: drive be part of a pool, having all drives (including the c: drive) look like 1 drive? If so, how do I do that? I created a storage space, but it made me set it up as drive D:, and I see no way to combine it with C:.

    Next: I want to have the C:/boot drive be part of the redundancy equation. I plan to use Parity. I can see where it would be if all drives looked like 1, but I don't see how it would be if not part of the pool.

    Any fog removal is appreciated.
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  2.    15 Jan 2016 #2
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    It sounds like you want to use RAID1. Does your motherboard support RAID options?
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  3.    15 Jan 2016 #3
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    I'm honestly not sure.

    I was trying to set up via storage spaces. I hadn't read about mother board requirements to do that. I'll have to do some research.
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  4.    15 Jan 2016 #4
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    I'm not sure if it is a requirement for Storage Spaces or not. RAID1 is also known as mirroring. That's where you have two 500 GB drives, as an example. Once you configure the RAID1 array in your BIOS, Windows will only see a single 500 GB drive, but that drive is being copied and synced on the fly with the second one. So, if one drive fails, you can still boot up as if nothing happened. If you delete a document, for example, it is gone from both drives, but the golden rule to remember is RAID is not a backup. It is designed to eliminate the loss of data due to a hard drive failure.
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  5.    15 Jan 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    I'm not sure if it is a requirement for Storage Spaces or not. RAID1 is also known as mirroring. That's where you have two 500 GB drives, as an example. Once you configure the RAID1 array in your BIOS, Windows will only see a single 500 GB drive, but that drive is being copied and synced on the fly with the second one. So, if one drive fails, you can still boot up as if nothing happened. If you delete a document, for example, it is gone from both drives, but the golden rule to remember is RAID is not a backup. It is designed to eliminate the loss of data due to a hard drive failure.
    Yeah, I'm aware of that. Actually, now that I have time to think about it, what I'm trying to do is Raid 5...parity. But...I want to include the boot disk in that setup.

    As I noted, I am able to create a separate drive pool with the 4 other drives in teh system as a D: drive, but the C: boot drive remains outside of that, which leaves a single disk point of failure.

    So the question is how can I set up a Raid 5 system with all 5 drives in the system contained withing the Raid 5 system.
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  6.    15 Jan 2016 #6
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    I have determined that my MB does support raid.

    But browsing around a bit, it seems that maybe I need to change the drives to dynamic disks.
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  7.    18 Jan 2016 #7
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    I believe that is correct, but I don't think you can add a drive to an array that has data on it you want to keep. If you want the boot drive included, you'll be doing a clean install.
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