Just today I discovered a method to convert firewire removable drives
to dynamic disks in Windows 2000 so I could stripe, mirror, etc. them.
Since I scoured the internet for hours trying to find resources on
this topic and came up empty, here is my outline/how to.
This solution only works if you are using IDE/ATA drives with external
If you are serious about using your firewire drives, do not use
Charismac's Raid Toolkit for Windows 2000. It is unfortunately, very
VERY buggy and just basically badly written software. I am
formulating an email to send to them about their product's issues.
How to setup a firewire array, stripe, RAID 0, RAID 1, in Windows
Win2k views all firewire drives as removable media, so you can not
convert them to dynamic disks, thus you can not stripe, mirror, etc.
To get around this, you must fool Disk Manager.
I purchased two ATA100 hard drives and two firewire enclosures.
Take one at a time, or both of the drives at once and plug them into
the IDE/ATA bus.
Run Disk Manager and convert them to Dynamic Disks.
Put the drives into the firewire enclosures.
You will now be able to stripe, mirror, etc. the drives.