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RAID 1 on Windows XP - Working?!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by seang, Sep 23, 2003.

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  1. seang

    seang Thread Starter

    Sep 23, 2003

    I'm not sure if I've got a problem or not!! :confused:

    - Windows XP Home edition
    - ASUS A7V333 m/b (Promise RAID)
    - C: is a 40GB non-RAID drive. Works fine.
    - I: is a pair of 80GB drives, RAID-1
    - Appropriate drivers installed.

    The RAID set built fine (replicated one disk to the other) and when system boots the RAID BIOS shows that it's happy with the RAID set. Good.

    Into Windows XP Home, and of course my two physical drives are seen as one device. Again, fine.

    My question is: how do I actually know that everything I write to drive I: actually gets written to both those physical disks?? Windows itself makes no mention at all of the fact that we have a RAID set at the hardware level.

    I suppose I could disconnect each disk, boot, and see whether the disks are the same size (for example), but it's hardly what I'd call a manageable solution. And anyway, I'd like to avoid fiddling with my hardware if possible!

    So, experienced RAIDers: just how do I know that my RAID-1 set is working OK, so that when in 6 months time one of those disks crashes, the other one still has my previous data on it?


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