There are five well know volume/partition types in existence. Simple, Spanned, Striped, Mirrored, and RAID-5. Each with their benefits and drawbacks, however, this post will focus on how to create a striped volume in Windows.
I am using Acronis Disk Director 2011 (which I highly recommend) as my partition manager.
One may ask themselves why would I want to create a striped volume, there are different reasons but in my case I wanted to unify my partitions instead of having too many and forgetting which partition has which files as shown below:
So I thought it was a good idea to include both partitions F and G under one drive, I could have gone with a spanned or striped volume. However, considering the differences between both highlighted here I went with a stripped since it offer a higher disk input/output (I/O) performance.
From the diagram below, it seems i don’t have any unallocated space in either F or G
So the first step is to resize both partitions to make enough space to create a striped volume.
1) Resize the partition
1.a) Right click on the partition you want to resize as shown in the figure below and select “Resize Volume”
1.b) You will then enter the amount of space you want unallocated (highlighted in the red rectangle in the figure below), in my case I chose 10 GB since I want the final volume to be 20 GB
1.c) Then click OK
2) Repeat for partition F
3) Create Striped volume
3.a) Right click on the unallocated space you want to create the striped volume on and select “Create volume”
3.b) Select “Striped” as your Volume Type and click Next
3.c) Select the additional disks that will contain your striped volume and click Next
3.d) You should now see the layout of your striped volume (the letter of the partition, the disks that it resides on, file system type, etc… ), if you are happy with this layout you can click “Finish”
4) Finalize your settings
Updated a video tutorial showing how you can create a striped volume on Windows 8, check it out here
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