any problems mixing HDDs?

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Stevedh
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Joined: Dec 1 2001

I always intended adding a couple of extra HDDs in a RAID 0 config after I was sure my system was stable. Well, it is stable so now it's time to reach into my pocket once more. Before I do, however, does any one know if there's any problems with mixing HDD makes?

Currently I have:

Abit KG7 RAID
Athlon XP1600
IBM Deskstar 40 Gb
SB Audigy Platinum
ATI AiW Radeon
512Mb Crucial ECC
DVD and CD-RW
Win2K

Oh yeah, and a Macron 400w psu.

I was thinking about slotting in a brace of 60Gb Maxtor D740Xs but before I do does anyone know any good reason why it could be a problem. I know it sounds daft but you never know...

regards,

Steve

wacky.banana
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Joined: May 30 2001

Not a problem if you buy identical drives and run them off the raid channels. If you don't then differences in size, platters, interleave factors, etc can come into play.

I have run differing drives using software raid, however you may lose some of the benefits of hardware raid if you take this approach.

You won't break anything though, so don't panic.

A good configuration might be a pair or 2 of identical deskstars, running off the raid channels, with your existing drive as a standalone spare on one of the none raid channels.

HTH

WB

Stevedh
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Joined: Dec 1 2001

Thanks for that WB. I was thinking about the Maxtors because they seem to be well thought of but mainly because Overclockers have them on special offer at the moment.

I'll probably go with them.

regards,

Steve

g3vbl
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Joined: Sep 9 2000

Installed a 60GB Maxtor 740X on my system yesterday afternoon. Other drives on the system are IBM and Fujitsu and the days of problems with mixing drives are over

I was impressed by the way WinXP handled the installation of the Promise drivers (the Maxtor is on the 'RAID' controller) and the speed of the thing as reported by RapTest. Having been an IBM fan for many years, recent reported problems persuaded me to try Maxtor.

Chris