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RAIDing Windows XP:
How to Install Windows XP
on a RAID Array of Hard Disk Drives

Last updated: 1/18/2004

Partition and Format the Array

The Status will then say Setup is starting Windows and then display this...

Windows XP Professional Setup

Welcome to Setup.

This portion or the Setup program prepares Microsoft(R) Windows(R) to run on your computer.

  To Setup Windows now, press Enter

  To repair ...

●  To quit ...

 

  Enter=Continue  R=Repair  F3=Quit

26. Press Enter to continue.

Windows XP Licensing Agreement

Blah, blah, blah...

 

  F8=I Agree  Esc=I do not agree  PAGE DOWN=Next Page

27. The choice is yours... F8.

Windows XP Professional Setup

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

●  To setup Windows XP on the Selected, press Enter.

  To Create a partition in the unpartiutioned space, press C.

●  To delete the selected partiton, press D.

152634 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on hpt3xx [MBR]
         
   Unpartitioned Space            152633  MB
  Enter=Install  C=Create Partition  F3=Quit

The maximum partiton size for a mirrored configuration would be about half the size for the striped configuration shown in this example.

28. Press C to create a partition.

Windows XP Professional Setup

You asked Setup to create a new partition on 152634 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on hpt3xx [MBR].

●  To create the new partition, enter a size below and press Enter.

  To go back to the previous without creating the partiton, press ESC.

The minimum size for the new partition is   8 megabytes (MB)
The maximum size for the new partition is 152625 megabytes (MB)
Create partition of size (in MB):
152625    
  Enter=Install  C=Create Partition  F3=Quit

29. 152,625 MByts or 152 GBytes is probably way too much space for the C: drive.  If someone wanted to defrag such a partition for greater disk speed, it would take many hours, maybe all night.  I would suggest making it 10 GBytes by erasing the default value with Backspace key and then entering 10000 followed by Enter to create the partition.

Windows XP Professional Setup

The following list shows the existing partitions and unpartitioned space on this computer.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select an item in the list.

●  To setup Windows XP on the Selected, press Enter.

  To Create a partition in the unpartitioned space, press C.

●  To delete the selected partition, press D.

152634 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on hpt3xx [MBR]

C:  Partition1 [New <Raw>]        10001  MB <10001 MB free>

           Unpartitioned space            142632 MB
  Enter=Install  C=Create Partition  F3=Quit

The remaining unpartitioned space can be partitioned and formatted now or after Windows is installed.  The later method will be covered in this article.  I would suggest waiting. You will have to wait a long time to format the remaining space now. If you do it in Windows, you can do other things in Windows while it is formatting. Plus, the Windows interface is friendlier.

30. Press Enter to setup Windows XP in the partition we just created.

Windows XP Professional Setup

The partition you selected is not formatted.  Setup will now format the partition.

Use the UP and DOWN ARROW keys to select the file system you want, and then press Enter.

If you want to select a different partition for Windows XP, press ESC.

Format the partition using the NTFS file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the FAT file system (Quick)
Format the partition using the NTFS file system
Format the partition using the FAT file system

 

  Enter=Continue  ESC=Cancel

31. Enter.

Windows XP Professional Setup

Please wait while Setup formats the partition

C:   Partition    [New (Raw) ]     10001 MB (  10001 MB Free )

on 152634 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on hpt 3xx (MBR)

Setup is formatting...

89%

 

 

32. Wait...

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