Msg#: 3836596 posted 4:51 pm on Jan 28, 2009 (gmt 0)
Iam new to Raid and need help please;
I had 2 hdds, 1 has xp pro and other has vista on the same pc. I was choosing OS during boot up with f8. Now after lost my 4th hdd in 4 years i decide to go for raid 1.Since i had to setup my bios as raid, it only boots my raid 1 disks (vista) but since xp on a single drive (no raid) it doesnt boot it and starts to boot vista.
Question is if i buy two new hdds for xp and setup them as raid 1 too can i be able to choose any OS to boot like my old pc setup ?. Thanks
Msg#: 3836596 posted 8:42 pm on Jan 28, 2009 (gmt 0)
You can install XP and Vista on a single hard disk - it simply needs to be partitioned. One partition each for XP and Vista and a third partition for common files (if you want). If Vista is installed AFTER Windows XP, the Windows Boot Manager will do all the necessary work. In order words, if two hard disks are configured to look like one, you are still good to go.
Having said that, the question you should be asking is why do your hard disks keep failing? It could be bad luck, but I'd wonder about things like a dodgy power supply (providing maybe 9V or 15V on the 12V line) or poor housing (causing overheating) or poor cables or a nearby source of powerful vibrations.
There are also two hard disk manufacturers I avoid like the plague. I shan't name them, but I usually recommend Hitachi (and I am also comfortable with Fujitsu, Maxtor and IBM).
Msg#: 3836596 posted 2:45 pm on Jan 29, 2009 (gmt 0)
Yes you are right about backups and here is my plan; level 1: Xp and vista seperate hdd's as raid 1 level 2: An internal 1tb hdd for back up them level 3: An external single or raid hdd for back up level 4: When blue ray goes cheaper...
And yes i know iam paranoid.
Thanks for your inputs
[edited by: OldWolf at 2:47 pm (utc) on Jan. 29, 2009]