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The New Volume Wizard will start (Figure 13). Click Next > and choose the flavor of new volume you want. *Hint* choose Striped (Figure 14).

New Volume Wizard

Figure 13: New Volume Wizard

Volume Flavor Dialog

Figure 14: Volume Flavor Dialog

Once you select Striped and then Next >, you'll see a drive picker to select which drives are gathered into the striped (RAID 0) array. I selected all five hard drives in the DS-500 for my stripe array (Figure 15). I then clicked Add > and surfed through the next two dialogs choosing the default (E:) for the array's drive letter, and NTFS quick format.

Drive Picker for Stripe Array

Figure 15: Drive Picker for Stripe Array

Once you click Next > in Figure 15, Figure 16 will appear and each drive indicating "Formatting" in the right column. Once formatting is finished, you'll see Figure 16 where each drive now appears as "Healthy".

Completed RAID 0 Array in XP Disk Manager

Figure 16: Completed RAID 0 Array in XP Disk Manager

Since we just set up the array with Disk Manager in Windows XP, I think what we have at the end of this process is a software RAID 0 / striped array. So, even though you bought a DS-500 which looks like a piece of hardware, this is not a hardware RAID 0. That was a little confusing to me, but when I saw the software RAID 0 performance, I got over it.

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