Creating the First Array

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2004-11-30 Print this article Print

Now lets turn to the RAID BIOS. Usually, youll be asked to press CTRL-I to enter the RAID BIOS on sys-tems using Intel chipsets. Were assuming here that the RAID 0 volume is to be the first array, with Windows to be installed on it. But if you want RAID 1 to be the first volume, just reverse the steps. Note that some BIOS screen shots may show a third physical drive. Well ignore that for our purposes here. All drives start as non-RAID drives. Using the cursor and Enter keys, select "Create RAID Volume" to enter the creation screen.
The default 128KB stripe size is fine for most desktop applications. If youre running databases with small data items, you may want a smaller stripe size. All navigation uses the cursor keys, space bar, and Enter keys. You select the drives by pressing the space bar, then moving down the list with the cursor key to the next drive. Were using a pair of 74GB, Western Digital Raptor drives in our array. So lets size our RAID 0 volume to 70GB, which is about half the maximum. Now lets move on to the second array.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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