How to Setup RAID in Windows

For those who don’t know what a RAID setup is, please read our earlier article on RAID by clicking [button link=”” size=”small” window=”yes”]Here[/button].
We are covering RAID setup on windows 7,8 & 10 since they are the most used OS. The steps are identical for windows 8 & 10.

We advise home users to use either RAID 0 (Stripping) or RAID 1 (Mirroring).
RAID 0: Creates stripping and increases I/O speed of the setup.
RAID 1: Creates mirroring of data, Only the speed of read operations increase.

Note that we need two or more drives to configure a RAID setup. If one drive is faster than the other and you choose to mirror, the faster drive will clock to the speed of the second drive i.e the setup will do I/O operations at the speed of the slowest drive in the array.

(Please create a system backup before proceeding)

How to Setup RAID in Windows Windows 7:

1] Open Disk Manager in Windows 7 by going to start. (Can also be opened by going to run and typing “diskmgmt.msc”)

2] Delete all the data on the two (or more) drives and delete the partitions. (Don’t forget to backup your data)

Setup RAID in Windows

3] On the unallocated disk space, right click on one drive and select either “New Striped Volume” (For Speed) or “New Mirrored Volume” (For Data Protection)

Setup RAID in Windows

4] After selecting your options, windows will ask you to configure other simple options like drive letter or which drives to format or use etc. Once the process is complete, your disk will appear in My Computer.

Windows 8/10:

1] Click on the windows logo button and type “Storage Spaces” & open it.

Setup RAID in Windows

2] Select “Create new pool and storage space,” & then select the drives you want in your setup. (In the picture below we are already running a RAID 1 configuration with two 1 Terabyte Drives)

Setup RAID in Windows

3] Then you will be asked to select what kind of Resiliency you want: RAID 0/RAID 1 or Parity (RAID 5). Once you’ve finished selecting, just click “Create storage space,” and you’re done.