How do I make a RAID array inside Windows?

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Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to get your disks to work with RAID. Follow all the steps of this tutorial for a successful installation. 

Step 1: Log in to your server

Log in to your server by KVM or RDP (remote desktop).

Step 2: Log in to your control panel

Open up your control panel, and change “View by” to either “small icons” or “large icons”.

Step 3: Execute actions

Click on “Administrative Tools” and then click “Computer Management”, thereafter under “Storage”, click “Disk Management”.

Step 4: Initialize the disk

At this point, the system could ask you if you want to initialize the new disk. Choose to do so.

Step 5: Converting

Right-click the first disk (“Disk 0”), and choose “Convert to Dynamic Disk”, then agree with the warning the system will give you.

Step 6: Selecting the disk as your destination

Right-click the first partition of your operating systems’ disk and choose “Add Mirror”. Now you should be able to select the second disk as your destination.

Step 7: Converting the remaining disk

Do steps 5 and 6 for all partition you have, so both disks will look the same. The system will begin syncing the drives. Your system can feel a bit slower during this process because of the reading/writing going on, Windows isn’t as efficient as Linux when it comes to I/O operations.

Conclusion

Congratulations, you have successfully made an array of RAID in Windows.

Please note, when your first disk dies you have a fair chance of not being able to boot your system after we’ve replaced the disk because the second disk might not be able to boot. Make sure you have the knowledge to fix this using IPMI. Your data still resides on the second disk if it didn’t have a problem as well.
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