How do I make a RAID array inside Windows?

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You can get your disks to work with RAID by doing the following steps:

  1. Log in to your server by KVM or RDP (remote desktop).
  2. Open up your control panel, and change “View by” to either “small icons” or “large icons”.
  3. Click “Administrative Tools”.
  4. Click “Computer Management”.
  5. Under “Storage”, click “Disk Management”.
  6. At this point, the system could ask you if you want to initialize the new disk. Choose to do so.
  7. Right click the first disk (“Disk 0”), and choose “Convert to Dynamic Disk”.
  8. Agree with the warning the system will give you.
  9. Right click the first partition of your operating systems’ disk and choose “Add Mirror”.
  10. Select the second disk as your destination.
  11. Do step 9 and 10 for all partition you have, so both disk will look the same.
  12. 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.

Please note, when your first disk dies you have 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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