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  • A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

    I used to have a link where someone made a RAID array of flash drives -- it looked really cool! Unfortunately it has long ago gone to the great browser in the sky...

    I've just bought 4 x 250Gb USB drives (for £80 each!) and would like to try something similar, on 2003 Server. I know that officially USB drives cannot be dynamic, but if anyone knows a registry hack to override that, I would be very interested in trying it out.

    All help gratefully appreciated, and I promise I will hold no-one responsible for data loss!

    Tom
    Tom Jones
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    Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

    here's the link to the guy that made a RAID array from 13 usb floppy drives

    http://phoenix.cc.edu/MegaFloppy.htm

    and the site where he got the idea

    http://ohlssonvox.8k.com/fdd_raid.htm

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    • #3
      Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

      RAID accross 5 floppies! Fantastic!
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      • #4
        Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

        Unfortunately both use the Mac rather than PCs

        Thanks anway!

        Tom
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        • #5
          Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

          If you convert the drive to dynamic before you put it into the external enclosure it would probably work.

          There are some hacks to make this work with firewire but none for usb (AFAIK).
          Andrew

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          • #6
            Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

            Unfortunately its preinstalled so awkward to remove / Convert.

            Still, I might give it a try sometime

            Can you post a link for the Firewire drives please?

            Tom
            Tom Jones
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            • #7
              Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

              Originally posted by Ossian
              Unfortunately its preinstalled so awkward to remove / Convert.

              Still, I might give it a try sometime

              Can you post a link for the Firewire drives please?

              Tom
              Here ya go...

              http://www.tomshardware.com/2004/11/...pen/index.html
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              • #8
                Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

                Why to spend money and time on nothing?!
                The good answer for your question is to buy a Storage like IBM DS300I or other storage/server and thats all.
                Dont try to find creative solutions - In the worest time usually they crash.

                Regards,

                Yuval
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                • #9
                  Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

                  Originally posted by yuval14
                  Why to spend money and time on nothing?!
                  The good answer for your question is to buy a Storage like IBM DS300I or other storage/server and thats all.
                  Dont try to find creative solutions - In the worest time usually they crash.

                  Regards,

                  Yuval
                  I think you're missing the point...

                  IMO it is something he wants to experiment with not to use as an in place storage solution.
                  Andrew

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                  • #10
                    Re: A challenge -- make USB Drive Dynamic?

                    Exactly -- curiosity more than anything else.

                    I bought a cheap set of USB external drives (Toshiba 250Gb @ GB£80 each). I set them up as mount points but was curious as to whether I could make a giant RAID array on the cheap.

                    Hence my comment in the first post about no blame for data loss -- I know it would be a risky solution and not recommended in the "real world". In my network (half test lab, half live network -- the perils of a small business) it is an acceptable option to try.

                    However, I have now given up....

                    Tom
                    Tom Jones
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