New computer used exclusively for Quick Books-hard drive question.
They want to replace an old computer that hosts the QB company file.
We are looking at possibly an i5 with 8GB ram on Win 7.
If the hard drive crashes, the whole office can't work until it is corrected.
So we are thinking RAID 1. Here's the question: What is the best way to go about this?
What they preferred is that if a drive fails, business is not interrupted.
I read the following tutorial and was wondering if this would work in our situation: (we really don't want to start fresh and reinstall windows to create the raid)
Add two identical drives to be used as your new RAID volume that you want to boot from. Leave the original boot volume intact for now. Set up the 2 added volumes as a single mirrored raid volume and format them. I would suggest a low level format; this is a very slow process prior to the actual formatting that writes zero's to the entire drive.
(You can typically get by without doing this on a Mirrored volume but on a raid 5 or 10 etc it's pretty much a must do or you'll have disk errors down the road.)
Then "clone" (freeware clone software is available for both Macs & PC's) the boot drive to that new mirrored volume. In doing it this way the boot sector etc are copied to the new volume.
Now remove the original boot volume and you'll be able to boot from the new mirrored volume. This works great on both Macs and PC's.
If we were to set up the computer in the above way, with only 2 drives in raid 1, what happens if one drive fails? It just falls out of the array but we can still boot Windows and run QB?
Thanks for taking the time to answer.