Thanks, Charles. Now I have even more questions.
I was considering the enclosure option but I didn't know if that would affect the HDD
's warranty. Thanks to your response, that doesn't seem to be an issue.
The internal HDD
with a USB 2.0 enclosure might be the route I'll take, especially since it appears I can use my existing HDDs for backup for now.
I might go a different (more expensive?) route and get two identical SATA
drives for the inside
of my box though. I'm curious about how a RAID 1 (mirrored) setup will affect my system's performance. It seems a waste to have a SATA
/RAID compatible motherboard and not use the SATA
I'd like to see if there is a dramatic boost in OS/program loading speed.
If I have a single SATA
drive fail in a RAID 1 (mirrored) setup and replace the defective drive with another SATA
, will rebuilding the RAID 1 array be fairly easy?
Would it be fairly easy to rebuild the RAID 1 array using only the data on the SATA drive that didn't fail
? If that is the case, it seems another backup HDD wouldn't be necessary except, possibly, for a serious operating system failure.
- If I use an external HDD (for restoring from in case of serious OS failure), is it a fairly simple process to backup/restore with a 2-disk RAID 1 (mirrored) setup and a single backup HDD (such as an external USB 2.0 HDD)?
Will I run into difficulties with Microsoft's authentication when I put my OS on the RAID? If so, what can I expect and what's the easiest way to resolve?
BTW, I'm still looking for a definitive answer to this question: Would I be able to boot to an external USB 2.0 HDD with my BIOS set to either USB (FDD) or USB (Zip) or must I have a BIOS that specifically offers a choice like "USB (HDD)" as a boot device?
Originally Posted by Dennis L |
If I'm following the thread correctly, it requires USB compatibility with mobo, drivers, and selected external HDD.
Dennis, please pardon me if I seem clueless. (I feel like I am.
) Are you stating I must
have a BIOS
that specifies "USB (HDD
)" (or something similar) to use an external USB 2.0 HDD
as a bootable device?
I used my ASUS Update (v7.07.01) utility today to look for an updated BIOS
to download. I currently have Award BIOS
revision 1008 (9/2/2004) and ASUS Update offered only the following options for download:
- 1002 (7/7/2003)
- 1003 (7/15/2003)
- 1004 (7/28/2003)
- 1006 (11/17/2003)
Therefore, it looks like I can't get a newer BIOS
that specifies something like "USB (HDD
)" as a boot device choice. I'm stuck with USB (FDD) and USB (Zip).