July 5th, 2006, 07:51 PM
Software mirror workaround in Win2k Pro?
I bought a pair of 160GB drives for a raid mirror to replace a filled and aging 80GB single data drive. Sadly, I discover my RAID card does not support LBA so it chops off the array at 128GB. I then sadly discover Win2000 Professional does not allow software mirroring. My motherboard does not have an onboard RAID controller.
I don't want to buy a new RAID card. I definitely don't want to buy a 3rd party software RAID solution. I most assuredly don't want to buy a new OS for this one function.
Are there any options whatsoever? I just want simple redundancy!
July 5th, 2006, 11:19 PM
Not aware of options.
Originally Posted by deltree_windows
"I know nothing."
July 6th, 2006, 11:00 AM
Maybe this will help? Some softraid options available in W2K:
Enable RAID-1 in W2K
Enable RAID-5 in W2K
Last edited by TurtleMan; July 6th, 2006 at 11:01 AM.
Reason: more info
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July 6th, 2006, 04:59 PM
The article doesn't mention it, but those options are available in 2000 Server only. Any redundancy in soft arrays is disabled in 2000 Professional.
Originally Posted by TurtleMan
The two options I am pondering are :
1) Soft-RAID them as a data drive on a separate linux server and mount the array over samba.
2) Bite the bullet and use the cut-down 128GB limitation of the RAID card as it is still a 50% capacity increase.
I'm leaning towards #2 because the other would require me to not toy around on the linux server. I don't think I could ever just leave it be.
July 21st, 2006, 09:52 AM
You could use an embedded linux box with rsync and install Cygwin with rsync on the W2K box. Set a cron job on the linux box to go grab whatevers needed.
If you need help with conf files, crontab etc lemme know
Heres the original site that I used as reference to do it myself:
Last edited by kaulbach; July 21st, 2006 at 10:06 AM.
Reason: link addition
July 21st, 2006, 12:09 PM
I'll post back later today if the method for hacking RAID into Windows 2000 Pro is the same as Windows XP Pro. I have access to Windows 2000 Pro and Server machines. I'll see if there is a difference in dmboot.sys, dmadmin.exe, and dmconfig.dll. If there is, I'll post the offsets you need to edit on the Win2k Pro files.
July 21st, 2006, 04:08 PM
Well I looked into it. Unlike with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 where you can edit some text in three files that are a part of Logical Disk Manager and make them think you're running the server version, Windows 2000's disk manager seems to read a registry key that defines whether the OS is a workstation or a server. I tried changing this value oflline and then replacing it over the existing key, but Windows just blue screens and gives a SYSTEM_LICENSE_VIOLATION error. I don't think you can hack in RAID support in Win2k Pro, or at least it's way beyond my capabilities.
July 24th, 2006, 06:59 AM
Interestingly enough, the 80GB drive completely died before I figured out what I wanted to do with the mirror and I lost everything anyway. Corrupt firmware, bad BIOS ID, clicks, beeps, the works. Impeccable timing
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