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    RAID0 and partitioning

    I am 100% on this but a friend said otherwise.

    If I Stripe my 2 200GB drives, when windows install appears I can create a 350GB parition and the rest as a FAT32 partition for back ups and ghost images. Will this imapact the speed of Striping when partitioning the stripe?

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    I currently use RAID 0 with 2 NTFS partitions. I have also used RAID 0 with just the one partition - as far as I am concerned I have noticed no difference having multiple partitions while using RAID 0.

    Perhaps, when benchmarking there might be slight difference, but I have never noticed a difference in performance.

    As a matter of interest, why are you making the additional partition FAT32? Why not NTFS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeka
    As a matter of interest, why are you making the additional partition FAT32? Why not NTFS?
    I was going to do this so that I can reboot and ghost the image to the FAT32 partition so if the windows install gets messy I can simple re-image.

    And as shaithis says the main issue will be accessing both partitions at the same time the heads will have to travel more. I would have only used the 2nd partition purely for backups so it would be access all the time, but I might put a 40GB ATA100 drive in as the backup drive as if one of the stripes does die I would lose the iamges anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgudge
    I was going to do this so that I can reboot and ghost the image to the FAT32 partition so if the windows install gets messy I can simple re-image.
    Fair point.

    I agree - the best option for your circumstances would be a completely separate drive.

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    I don't even think Win XP SP2 offers Formatting in FAT32 any more....... it certainly wasn't in the blue screen installer from teh CD.

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    Thats because your selected partition size was over the fat32 limit. You need to use something like partition magic to bypass that.

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