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Does that mean Windows doesn't support creating spanned drives on removable drives ? Correct. Spanned drives are an option of dynamic disks. From https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163552.aspx : Note: You can't use dynamic disks on portable computers or with removable media. And the follow-up question: Is there a way to bypass ...


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RAID 5 would make it significantly easier (and arguably cheaper) to expand your storage later. Are you trying to hit any specific performance characteristics? Raid 5 - Pros: Easier expansion (Put the new disk in and tell it to expand. It essentially does the rest.) Cheaper expansion (You can expand 1 disk at a time rather than have to stripe sets of ...


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Perhaps not exactly what you had in mind, but there does exist such a device - the WD dual 2.5 drive - it's a 2.5 hdd + a reasonably sized ssd inside a single 2.5" chassis - the main issue I see with alternatives is that even if you managed to get two small drives in there (say two mSata or similar), the laptop won't have more than one sata connection there, ...


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You aren't going to be able to just "switch" RAID modes like that, as the array would need to be recreated/reinitialized. Easiest: Reduce data so it's small enough to fit on the RAID1. Get an external drive that's large enough to accommodate your data (and then some). Perform full system backup to external drive. Destroy RAID10. Remove 2 drives. Create ...


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The main reason is that performance will be degraded since the controller may be having to do many re-reads to get failing data.



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