Final Steps

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

From this point on, Windows installs normally. You can, if you like, install the Intel Application Accelerator, a caching driver for Intels RAID arrays, but its not necessary. Once Windows is installed and running, you can use the standard Windows tools to partition and format the unpartitioned second array. Just use the Run command and type

diskmgmt.msc Now youve got a system with two RAID arrays created from a pair of drives. Just make sure to keep the most valuable data on the RAID 1 array. That way, if one drive does go South, the data on that drive is still recoverable. With the prices of drives plummeting, RAID arrays make more sense, particularly RAID 1 arrays. As we collect more valuable digital "stuff"—pictures, music, home movies, documents—RAID 1 be-comes an increasingly useful option. In the long run, it may be more useful in the real world than RAID 0.

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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