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Windows across multiple hard drives

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    NeoTOM

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice?

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    W3bbo

    Do you mean installing Windows on a striped RAID?

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    NeoTOM

    I mean using Windows with multiple non-RAIDed drives.

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    W3bbo

    I do that right now. Except they're different volumes seen in My Computer.

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    NeoTOM

    W3bbo wrote:
    I do that right now. Except they're different volumes seen in My Computer.


    ? What's with the "except"?

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    Sven Groot

    I think he wants to spread the actual Windows installation folder over multiple volumes. I don't think that can be done, though.

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    NeoTOM

    Sven Groot wrote:
    I think he wants to spread the actual Windows installation folder over multiple volumes. I don't think that can be done, though.


    No, I just mean using it.

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    Maurits

    You can do software RAID with multiple drives to treat them as a single volume.  But if they're different sizes, some of the bigger drive goes to waste.

    Not sure how to set that up for a boot device though.

    EDIT: Sven beat me to it again... I'm tempted to put in a feature request for "Two other posts have been made to this thread since you started composing this post (here they are) [Post anyway] [Edit post] [Cancel post]"

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    NeoTOM

    Shmuelpro wrote:
    why in the world would you want to do that?


    Running out of space on an 80-gig hard drive?

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    Tom Servo

    Can't the system boot off a spanned volume set?

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    DoomBringer

    What I do is I have two HDs.  One for games, etc, one for windows and other apps.  I put my swap file on the non-windows drive.

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    Maurits

    Tom Servo wrote:
    Can't the system boot off a spanned volume set?


    Good question.  How do you load software raid before the OS?  I could see how it would be possible with mirrored drives, but not with RAID 0... or RAID 5 with more than two drives...

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    Sven Groot

    NeoTOM wrote:
    Sven Groot wrote: I think he wants to spread the actual Windows installation folder over multiple volumes. I don't think that can be done, though.


    No, I just mean using it.

    Okay, you've lost me. You're asking if you can use multiple hard drives with Windows? Of course you can. Heck I've got three hard drives myself, one 120GB SATA and two 80GB IDE drives.

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    Tom Servo

    Volume spans aren't RAID0, they're just disks/partitions chained up sequentially.

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    Maurits

    But boot.ini refers to hardware chaining to specify the boot device.  I don't think the boot loader can handle either volume spanning or software RAID (of any number.)

    But I'm not sure.

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    NeoTOM

    Sven Groot wrote:
    NeoTOM wrote:
    Sven Groot wrote: I think he wants to spread the actual Windows installation folder over multiple volumes. I don't think that can be done, though.


    No, I just mean using it.

    Okay, you've lost me. You're asking if you can use multiple hard drives with Windows? Of course you can. Heck I've got three hard drives myself, one 120GB SATA and two 80GB IDE drives.


    I know you can. I'm asking for tips on it, as Windows isn't very keen on it from previous experience.

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    AndyC

    NeoTOM wrote:

    I know you can. I'm asking for tips on it, as Windows isn't very keen on it from previous experience.


    ???

    Aside from the bad old 9x days, when adding a drive might upset drive letterings, I've never known a single issue arise from adding drives.

    Care to elaborate?

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