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Published on 11.05.07 by Brent Trahan

Create a Striped Volume

Learn how to double your hard drive throughput by creating a striped volume in Windows Vista.

A striped volume is when you take at least two hard drives that are the exact speed and size and use them as one virtual hard drive. When you save a file to a striped volume your computer saves half of the file on one hard drive and the other half on the other hard drive at the same time. When your computer reads the file it reads from both hard drives at the same time.

A striped volume at least doubles your computer’s hard drive throughput to the striped volume because it’s reading and writing two hard drives at the same time.

A striped volume is great for people who want more speed when playing games, and editing video, pictures, or music. Striped volumes are commonly found in high end gaming computers and servers.

This guide shows you how to take two hard drives that are the exact same size and speed and create a new striped volume out of them in Windows Vista. This striped volume will be in addition to the volume Windows Vista’s installed on.

Create a Striped Volume

  1. Install two hard drives that are exactly the same in your computer (in addition to the hard drive Windows Vista’s running on).
  2. Right-click Computer in the Start Menu and then select Manage.
  3. Click Disk Management in the left column.
  4. The two new hard drives should show up in Disk Management. Right-click the first one and then select New Striped Volume.
  5. The New Striped Volume Wizard will open. Click Next.
  6. Select the available disks (the two you just installed) in the Select Disks page and then click Add to add them to the striped volume.
  7. Set the amount of space to use on the stripped volume and then click Next.
  8. Give the volume a drive letter and then click Next.
  9. Select the formatting options you’d like (use NTFS) and then click Next.
  10. Click Finish on the summary page to create the new striped volume.

Using the Striped Volume

Once the striped volume is created it’ll show up as the E: drive for example. If you want to run games off of the new striped volume create a folder called games on the E: drive and chose that folder as the installation path when installing games.

You could also use this volume to store video, music, or pictures you’re editing.

A striped volume is also great for holding databases and web sites on a web server.


Using a striped volume doubles your chances of data loss. If one of the disks in the striped volume crashes the whole volume crashes and all data is lost.

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  1. Emilijo Mihatov says:

    You mention creating a striped volume with Vista. Seems that this is not possible with Vista Home Premium. If it is possible, I’d be very interested in knowing how this is done as a number of people have tried but it fails with an error each time.


  2. jeremy says:

    what the author failed to inform in this write up is that, the virtual stripping is ONLY AVAILABLE ON ULTIMATE AND BUISNESS, it will not be a feesable option in any other vista.

    also the striped volume is not completly stable, if your going to do this get a raid controller for your computer. or if your motherboard is good then it will have 1 on the motherboard.

  3. alex says:

    “Install two hard drives that are exactly the same in your computer (in addition to the hard drive Windows Vista’s running on)”
    so you need 3 HDDs for that? on XP you can create it with 2 HDDS, you just need to convert both HDDs into dynamic, and create striped volume from two same sized partitions. (HDD sizes can differ). I’ve done this. However, I cannot do the same on vista – when I convert HDD with system partition into dynamic, vista won’t boot. Tried many different ways – same result :( . don’t have third sata hdd to try it with 3 drives.
    however, this is sad that in vista cannot do same stuf i could do in xp (vista ultimate)

  4. Karthick velu says:

    I done the volume striping with one hard disk ( 160 GB ) in vista business edition but about 140 GB it striped, c with 90 GB rest it takes D drive, further i am unable to stripe or extend the partition
    can any one clear my doubt.

  5. Brent Trahan says:

    You need two hard drives to properly create a striped volume.

  6. Ronnie Jackson says:

    I need some help got my stripe raid set up in Vista but it reads the size of both 150 GB raptors not the size of 1, the nvida tool setup does its thing and still gives me 279 GB instead of 139GB, anyone up to some help, guessing I just have a case of the stupids. Also have done and undone this several time with same results, bios all ok too.

  7. Brent Trahan says:

    It should be 300GB not 150GB.

  8. Alex says:

    HI! Does this mean RAID-0? if the motherboard doesn’t support RAID-o can I make a stripped volume?

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