A Beginner’s Guide to Building RAID Arrays

A Beginner’s Guide to Building RAID Arrays

A Beginner’s Guide to Building RAID Arrays Backing up data is like taking reading classic literature or taking out the trash. Everyone wants it done, but nobody wants to take responsibility for doing it. Thus, rather than waiting for the fatal hard drive failure or crush, why not set up a mirrored RAID array which lets your computer handle the backups for you?

Tools and Components Required.
• Two hard drives.
• Two SATA cables.
• RAID controller if necessary.

Below is a step by step guide on how to build a RAID array:
1. Install Both Hard Drives
Majority of personal computers do not require tools for drive installation. You simply catch the rails and insert the drives in. Both drives must be installed adjacently and space them out to allow adequate cooling.

2. Connect Drives to SATA ports

Connect the drives to SATA (Serial ATA) ports 0 and 1, except if your documentation says something else. A few controllers have dedicated RAID plugs to a different area on your motherboard. If you have some other SATA gadgets, for example, DVD drives, you will have to assign them to higher-numbered ports. When you are done, plug in the power supply.

3. Check BIOS Settings

Enter your computer’s BIOS setup screen, generally by pressing F2, Del, or whatever your specific BIOS setup command is, before starting Windows and ensure that all the SATA ports you are using are enabled. Then disable any unused SATA ports, and afterward turn on the RAID feature if it’s off. Spare save the settings and reboot when you are set.

4. Open the RAID Configuration Utility

After the BIOS setup prompt but before your computer starts to boot Windows, search for a message from your RAID controller. Some controllers require you to enter Ctrl-I to access the utility, but others may be different.

5. Assign Drives to Your Array
Use the RAID Configuration Utility to choose drives which will be part of the array and select RAID Level one. This activity will delete any information on that drive, so in case you are upgrading a current drive, ensure you have a full system backup. After the array is successfully created, you can now install windows or restore your backup. Use RAID software to manage the array.


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