Tips to set-up RAID in Windows® 7 system
Learn about RAID in Windows 7 system and its need. Get tips to set-up RAID in Windows 7
RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks and it is a technology that provides increased storage reliability through redundancy, combining multiple low-cost and less-reliable disk drives components into a logical unit where all drives might be in the array are interdependent. RAID is the organization of multiple disks into a large and high performance logical disk. Disk arrays stripe data across multiple disks and access them in parallel to achieve a higher data transfer rates on large data accesses and for a higher I/O rates on small data accesses. Data striping also results in uniform load balancing across all of the disks and eliminates hot spots that otherwise saturate a small number of disks, while the majority of disks sit idle. Also, the RAID hardware and software perform true parallel accesses on multiple drives, and there might be a performance improvement over a single disk.
The following are the tips to set-up raid in windows 7 system:
- Install RAID adapter and hard drives
- Configure adapter in BIOS
- Install adapter in Windows 7
Install RAID adapter and hard drives
Unplug the system, and open it. Locate an open PCI or PCI Express expansion slot in side your computer. Align the adapter card's connector with the expansion slot. You need to insert the card securely in the slot. Secure the card to the chassis. Once the card is installed, also install and connect the hard drives to be used in the array. After that reassemble the PC and power it up.
Configure adapter in BIOS
Each RAID adapter has a firmware configuration program which is unique that let you to select the type of RAID array to install and to choose which hard drives to include in the array. You might also refer to your adapter or motherboard documentation to guide you the specific installation steps for your adapter. You might launch the program by pressing Ctrl-R, Ctrl-A, or some other key combination during the PC boot process. You might also have to launch your PC's CMOS set-up program and configure your SATA hard drives for use in a RAID configuration.
After watching the set-up process for the prompt, press F6 if you need to install a third-party SCSI or RAID driver. After that wait for the screen that says 'S=Specify Additional Devices' in the lower-left corner and you need to Press S. When prompted, insert the floppy disk with the adapter's drivers into the floppy drive and complete the driver installation. After that Windows 7 need to continue the Windows installation routine.
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