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  1. I was just looking for a clean way to set this up. I want the redundancy and I want to have 2 separate drives. What I liked about my idea is that I can use all of my drive space no matter how much or how little I have on a vhdx I mean like if I divided everything up so I had 2 4tb drives I could put 4tb on each obviously. The other way I could have 7 on one and 1 on the other. Now that's not realistic but 5 and 3 probably is. I thought about just using 1 pool and creating 2 files in it which would work I just thought it would be a little nicer to point to a specific drive. I'm probably over thinking this but regardless of what I do I'd like an answer. I found this asked one other time on a different forum and the answer was unclear. I thought it would have been common to have a large refs pool that people would set a bunch of vhdx's up for virtual machines but I'm either wrong or nobody post about it lol.
  2. I just had a question of whether this is a good practice or not. It seems to work fine but I've only short term tested. I will have 4 physical disk that I will make a mirrored storage space pool formatted refs. Pool will be 8tb physical and I'm going to set it to 32tb for future expansion. I then want to make 2 vhdx drives within this. Each vhdx will be set to 16tb. I can obviously keep an eye of the physical storage being used and add 2 drives at a time when needed. What I have a concern about is the vhdx inside the refs pool. Vhdx is formatted ntfs. Do I get the benefits of refs while using this setup or is this just a totally wrong setup?
  3. Trying to figure out why my optiplex 7010MT has no "raid on" under sata operation in bios. I was trying to test something out using Intel rst. I'm running an up to date windows 10 pro. I have the latest bios installed. I have Intel rst installed(newest version that will install right now is 13 this is old) I read that I can update rst after I have raid turned on in bios. There is also supposed to be an option when hitting F12 before boot called device configuration. This is missing. I have a latitude e6430 and everything is where it needs to be. I have tried downgrading the bios and it made no change. I can't believe that there is no option to turn raid on this machine.
  4. Well what confuses me is it being called a two way mirror. Meaning in a 2 disk setup each disk should have an identical copy of 100 percent of the data. What I didn't realize is that I guess in my 4 drive setup is that it only gives me one column of data. I could manually configure 2 columns using power she'll when building the pool but the minimum number of drives that I would need to add to the pool would be 4 to keep it efficient. With 2 columns it would basically be a software raid 10. When this server needs upgraded the most I can see being spent would be for 2 more drives at a time so I'll leave it at the default. I am assuming the drives I had in mind which are 4tb wd gold Enterprise drives should read/write fast enough to flood the gig Ethernet connection which in reality is all I can ask for. I may start the build with 5 drives and leave the 5th raw and not part of the pool so I can easily add it in if a drive is showing signs of failure.if I can get my hands on a spare SSD I may play with Intel rst to make it a cache drive. I'm not interested in SSD tiering with storage spaces because I only need read cache and should only need one drive for it. At any rate I have about 2 weeks to decide how I want the storage before it needs to be put into use.
  5. Ok of someone could explain a few things to me. I've been testing and reading alot but something's remain a mystery. I have 4x500GB 2.5 5400rpm drives for testing. I've been playing with setting them up as a two way mirrored storage space. First question is when I set up all the drives and then I loaded about 500GB of data onto the pool. I then removed one of the drives and it evenly split the data on the three remaining drives. I thought this was odd so I sent over another 24GB file that again was dispersed 3 ways. How did my two way mirror become a three way mirror? Benchmarks shown with 4 drives write speeds where around 80MBps and 3 dropped it to 40. Second question is since storage spaces should stripe data why does my 4 drive array test at 80 when I have any single drive test at 80. But if I set up two mirrored pools and then stripe them using disk management the new array test at over 140. I have no plans on combining storage space mirrors and disk management stripes it was only a test. Ultimate goal is to have 4x4TB drives set up as a two way mirror using refs file system with 2 virtual hard drives inside. I just want them to run as efficient as possible. I'm using windows 10 pro and building the array in a windows 10 workstation vm so I can use refs.
  6. oh total side note here and most likely its something that won't work but on the dell 4500s I have running win98 on right now it has a pci nic that is attached via a pci sidecar cage. this sidecar slot is something new to me but i do see that there are isa sidecar cards available for not much money on ebay. These were originally made for early dell optiplex computers like a gx110. Does anyone think its possible for one of these newer systems to pick up? I'm assuming that this 360 will have a similar slot on it. I do have access to a ISA card that ran an old snap on alignment camera system to test if I think I made it work.
  7. ya I know about the gb limit. I plan to use a 120gb ssd and I can't imagine I'd use more than a 40gb partition for 98 because well 40gb is already insane for that OS. about the ahci driver. I don't have this system yet so I don't know if there even is an ahci option in the bios but if there is and I want to use it.....I'm not asking if anything is practical or if I do it one way or another it wont matter I'm really doing this because I've been finding it fun to p*** around with this old OS and getting it to work right. If and when I do buy this I will post all the progress and how I did everything. I do plan on making this very powerful and reliable. I will be replacing the power supply , the hdd for a ssd, a cd/dvd combo drive and I may get one of those floppy emulator drives. I would also like to do some research on the best gpu I can get that will support xp and 98. I'll also be going over the mother board to see if any caps will need replaced (thats as far as I can go in motherboard diag and repair)
  8. Ok I think I got a line on a Precision 360 tower for cheap. I'd like to make a dual boot 98se/xp system like I just did with a 4500s. Had some questions if someone can answer. I do know that the chipset for this should be supported for 98. But for the plug and play bios I have read 2 different things. When setting up I see to run the setup with the /pi switch and others say to use the /pj switch. when exploring 98 setup switches it says /pj can only be ran after /pi and plug and play bios was already configured. Maybe someone could shed some more light on this topic?? I would also like to have no ide cables in this build. The mother board has 2 sata ports. I would like to have a sata ssd and a sata cd/dvd drive. Should I just be able to set sata operation in ide compatibility mode and load 98 then apply r.lowes patches for sata and ahci reboot change bios settings and be good to go or am I going to have to modify a 98 iso and have these patches extracted and slipstreamed into it? also this should have a P4 HT processor. Do I have to disable hyperthreading in the bios or can I just leave it there so XP can use it and 98 will just see one core? I know theres going to be alot to figure out seeing that my fastest full 98 install to date with the whole computer working took me about 15 hours lol just trying to answer some of the things rolling in my head right now before I buy it.
  9. ok well I manually gave it an ip address. took it out of automatic. I didn't really notice a boot difference. And I guess I really shouldn't be complaining about this. the boot is really not all that long. I just thought I could get it down a little bit if there was a problem. And you would be correct. network card was configured but I'm not going to hook this up to the internet. Its actually funny I don't have any ethernet up in my office where I do all my computer work lol.
  10. so fresh install of 98se and using the unofficial sp3. my boot takes longer now and in the middle of it I get a dos prompt screen that says C:\>SET PATH=C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WBEM;C:\WINDOWS;C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND Is this something I can somehow permanently change so it's not delaying the bootup?
  11. awesome. worked great. got my usb keyboard,mouse and flash drive working right now. now to the next step and another thread lol. by the way you said to install v3.3 so I found it and I did. the version I had on file here from the last build was actually 3.6. Thanks for the help.
  12. i read down through all the updates and fixes for the service pack and I found mention of a usb 1.1 mass storage controller. I tried a flash drive and it didn't work. thats about all I know about that. So your saying I should restart in safe mode, remove everything usb from device manager and then install NUSB. I'll give it a shot.
  13. Ok so I'm in the middle of a windows 98se install on a dell 4500s. Previous attempts resulted in BSOD while configuring the system. I have set this all up before on a dell 8250 it took some time but I eventually got it all working. So I'll start off with what I've done so far. Using a 98se oem install disc I followed these instructions. information taken from https://forums.techguy.org/threads/win-98-cab-files.23563/. so everything on my 98se disc is now in that folder which I really like. for anything that it would normally ask you to insert the 98 disc it just finds what it needs now without a dialog box. I next installed my chipset software. I ended up using the latest version I found that supported 98 and my chipset. I installed it with these instructions information came from https://www.raymond.cc/blog/the-proper-way-to-fully-install-intel-chipset-driver/ from that point I installed my video, audio and ethernet drivers without any issue. I then installed the unofficial sp3.64. I didn't do this on the last build but on this one I was having a hard time getting a usb mouse and keyboard to work using the files I had set aside from the last build. the service pack included these and when I started the computer with my usb keyboard and mouse everything installed without issue. so now to my problem and why I'm not going further without help. I want usb 2.0 working and usb mass storage. I also have in device manager a PCI Universal Serial Bus that needs a driver. on that last build I installed a usb 2.0 controller then removed it from device manager along with all other usb devices and installed the mass storage driver. on this build it results in a bsod. I've read that I shouldn't install the 2.0 controller and that the mass storage one takes care of all of it. Don't know if that is true or not and I don't know that once installing anything if its going to fix that it says I need a driver in device manager. I'm just looking for someone to say what steps worked for them. If it matters to anyone this is an 845G chipset and the only external device that has to be hooked up other than a keyboard, mouse, monitor is a pci ethernet card. this motherboard has no onboard nic. thanks, Rob
  14. i actually found a different solution that i can do before I install windows 98. having other issues though and starting a new thread. thanks!
  15. So I'm having an issue here. Not my first time around trying to get 98se working but this time I need help. I can install it no problem and I have all my drivers lined up. What I've been doing is starting with a blank hdd loading 98 on it and then using gparted to partition it so I can later install xp as a second boot option and I also leave a fat32 partition as an area that both operating systems can see. In that partition I load all my drivers. So back into it I run through the chipset installation software no problem then I do video,audio,nic card. This is where I have problems. It seems that at any step after I do chipset I can be presented with found new hardware at startup and it needs 20 files that it can't find. I have ran thri this without a hiccup as well and later screwed something else up resulting in a re install. I would like to fully unpack all the cab files on the 98 iso and just have them sitting in my fat 32 partition so I can just point to one area every time.
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