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    View RAID Drives

    I have a newly built PC running Windows 8 Pro. The machine has 2 x 2TB hard drives configured as RAID 1. Is it possible to actually view the contents of both drives, or does one just "assume" the contents are identical (as they should be)?

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    RAID 1 makes the drive contents identical so there is no need to view an individual drive.
    If you are using RAID 1 to protect your data from disk error I suggest you test that it actually works.
    1. Turn the PC off.
    2. Disconnect one of the drives.
    3. Boot the PC. Does it boot?
    4. If it boots shut it down.
    5. Reconnect the drive and boot.
    5. Wait for the drives to sync.
    6. Shut down.
    7. Disconnect the other drive and boot etc.

    cheers, Paul

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    For the home PC, what is the advantage of RAID?

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    None that I can think of that cannot be mitigated by a daily backup and monthly image. Without RAID you lose the complexity and can spend the money on backup.

    cheers, Paul

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    The major DISadvantage is that some people erroneously think that a RAID 1 setup is a backup mechanism.
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