View Full Version : adding a new hdd to RAID 0
02-10-2008, 11:28 AM
I have two hdds in Raid 0 small 74GB Raptors lol
So now I need space, I'll add another 500GB or something drive. How do I approach this? Since I'm using RAID now, I can't just add it, I would need to play with RAID or?
thx in advance
02-10-2008, 09:15 PM
As a matter of good practice, one should always use identical drives in any RAID array or stripe set.
In this instance, your RAID array will be limited in size (and speed) by the smallest (and slowest) drive -the old 74GBs.
So the new 500GB drive would essentially become a 74GB drive and be likewise limited in speed.
Your total capacity will be roughly 210 GB after formatting and it will be a little faster simply because 3 drives is faster than two.
You might do better to buy two of those 500GB drives and build a new array.
Though, if you just need the space and dont want to add to your RAID 0 array... simply adding another drive shouldn't be an issue...
02-11-2008, 07:20 AM
No no, I wanted what lots said. I'll have 74 GB (Raptors btw lol, so maybe "old", but very fast) in RAID 0 but just want more storage for archiving photos, anims, renders etc. So I can just plug in the new one, nothing bad will happen?
Just don't try and rebuild the array :) In most situations yeah it shouldn't be a problem. You should check the manual and see if there's anything mentioned about it.
To play it safe, you probably have a separate controller you can plug your standard drive into..
02-12-2008, 06:53 AM
I have two SATA0 and two SATA1 connectors. Tyan was very cheap about them back in the day :)
I plugged the new one in SATA0 and Raptors are in SATA1 and i put Spanning for the new one, and everything is ok now.
thx for the help
You only have 2 SATA connectors on yours? Mine has 8 IIRC.. A few of my ports are side mounted.
Do you have the Thunder or the Tiger?
02-13-2008, 08:44 AM
Hm, Thunder I guess...there are different K8WE? Mine is S2895, it's like more than 2 years old I think. http://www.tyan.com/product_board_detail.aspx?pid=151
Back then we discussed it if you remember. There were few more people getting a similar system to ours. Lol today we could get two intel quads system at about half the price.
Thats the way it goes usually :)
Does your board have SCSI? Mine doesn't. That may be whats different.. *shrug*
02-15-2008, 12:42 PM
I don't think I have SCSI either. What is IIRC? I have 4 SATA connectors, and yes, also those two are side mounted which in my case is giving me hard time, I barely plugged the new hdd in.
02-15-2008, 12:42 PM
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