Software RAID 1 Mirror question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Coasie, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. Coasie

    Coasie MDL Junior Member

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    I am looking at setting up a new NAS running WIN7. I currently have a Buffalo Terastation Linux RAID5 solution and when a motherboard failed, I had a huge problem recovering data. I plan to move to a Windows box so I can use NTFS, and if there is an issue I can pull the drive(s) put them into a USB enclosure and get the data if the need arises.

    If I use Windows 7's built in Software Raid 1 Mirroring solution, would I still be able to pull a single drive, put it into a USB enclosure and recover my data?
     
  2. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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  3. kubato

    kubato MDL Member

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    yes, any raid 1 can be move to another machine and work provided the hardware is the same (if you want to boot it) or pluged in as a slave or non boot and access all the data. As you know RAID 1 are two exact mirrors of each drive, your software base does not enter into any problems in this simple raid. As you know from your nightmare raid 5 is always best run with a plug in card so if your mb dies you can move the card and if the card dies you can get another card.
     
  4. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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    +1 Having a recovery plan and working it is always a great habit to get into.
     
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  5. Coasie

    Coasie MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks for the answers.