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Dell XPS w/Mirrored drives. No C drive when using boot disk.

\015 Dell xps system with mirrored drives. I need to create an image of the drives but a boot disk does not recognize the sata mirror. How can I get a boot disk to see the mirror? I tried with Bart's PE. OS is XP Media Center. There is no floppy drive on the system. \015\012\015\012When the system boots up, the mouse and keyboard do not work once windows boots, but before windows boots, and with the boot disk, both mouse and keyboard work fine. I want to run a virus scan on the drives but can't because they aren't recognized.\015\012\015\012Any help out there?\015

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As RAID uses block for block copy, a re-sync when adding in a new mirror on RAID 1 will take some time, and system performance will be affected during that time period. There is no indication in windows if the rebuild is complete as this is being done on a hardware level by the controller. Both Raid 5 and RAID 10 have added benefits , but alos require more storage (a lot more in case of RAID 10 as you will have effectivly 3 spares for 1 data.) Raid 5 has the best space/protection pay off, but will be slightly slower than both RAID 1 and RAID 0 as parity has to be calculated for each write. As caffineshark states your best option is to use a combination of the methods we have described:

1) Use the two SATA disks as RAID 0 for performance and reliability.
2) Make backup images of the boot volume using Drive Image / Ghost and store on external USB IDE drive, and then offsite.

If you make an image in the USB drive, make sure you run a verfiy of the image after creation to make sure it's valid.

This should allow you to restore in a DR sutuation, but also give you some decent HDD crash protection.
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