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stripe raid w/ 2 drives .. can i add more?

i have stripe raid (raid 0?) w/ 2 15 gig ide drives. a few days back, i found a 3rd drive which is the same as the two in the raid. i was thinking if i could introduce this drive in the raid config without formatting my computer.

i have the promise ata 100 raid card.
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Not that I know of.
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great
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Re: stripe raid w/ 2 drives .. can i add more?

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i have the promise ata 100 raid card.
Which model? FastTrack 100 TX2?
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no .. its a hacked ultra ata 100 pci ide card. i think its a now a fasttrack 100 ...
got this card on the dvd exchange forum for some dvds a few years back.

http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardwa...seultra100.php
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Well, based on what I can find on the FastTrack 100, you should be able to build a RAID 0 array with your 3 15GB drives, but you certainly won't be able to just add it in. Your best bet will be to back up your whole partition using something like Ghost to another location, killing your array, adding the drive, rebuilding your array, and restoring your partition to the new larger array. I gather that the drives should be attached to the card thus: first drive - master on primary IDE channel, second drive - slave on primary IDE channel, third drive - only on secondary IDE channel. Of course, if you find another drive it can be the slave on the secondary IDE channel. Also, remember that all of the drives don't have to be the same brand or size. The array will configure each drive to the size of the smallest drive present. The specs you have to pay attention to and match as closely as possible are access speeds and cache sizes.
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Symantec specifically states that Ghost won't work on RAID controllers so you better have another method available just in case.

I found Ghost worked on the RAID controller built into my motherboard but from what I've heard that's an exception.
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i didnt want to go the ghost route to begin with. I guess what i'll end up doing is adding the 3 drive when i get around to my semi annual formatting of my system.

don't know how much of a difference the 3rd drive is going to make performance wise.

thanks forthe help eveyone //.

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