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If I purchase/acquire another HDD (500GB or more) and set it up into a RAID 1 config on my editing computer will it format the already being used HDD or will it merge?
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If I purchase/acquire another HDD (500GB or more) and set it up into a RAID 1 config on my editing computer will it format the already being used HDD or will it merge?
I think you have to format. I do know, however, that you can pop a drive out and use it as a single drive.
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The drive will be formated. Backup your data, then raid the drives. Raid 0 would be a better opition if it's being used as an OS drive IMO.
    
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I think you have to format. I do know, however, that you can pop a drive out and use it as a single drive.
Thank you for your attempt but it was not helpful.

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The drive will be formated. Backup your data, then raid the drives. Raid 0 would be a better opition if it's being used as an OS drive IMO.
I do not see any use for RAID 0. I know some people like performance. But me, Reliability>Performance when it comes to storage. Thank you for informing me.
Edited by Paratrooper1n0 - 5/9/11 at 6:34pm
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Thank you for your attempt but it was not helpful.

I do not see any use for RAID 0. I know some people like performance. But me, Reliability>Performance when it comes to storage. Thank you for informing me.
Good move. I have seen way too many people lose everything they have due to RAID0 setups. And what a lot of people do not realize is that RAID1 can give you very close to or the same read speeds as RAID0, but with none of the downfalls.

And to answer your original post, if you can get your hands on yet another drive temporarily, you can create an image of your disk using something like Acronic True Image or Ghost. (I personally use Acronis since I bought it, but I have used Ghost and have never had an issue.)

After creating your RAID1, you can put your image back onto the array and often boot back up like nothing happened, except you just gained a nice speed bump. There are some times when you will need to do a repair (upgrade) install of your OS to get the machine to boot, but rarely have I ever had an image fail unless the disk it came from had a lot of bad sectors on it.
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Good move. I have seen way too many people lose everything they have due to RAID0 setups. And what a lot of people do not realize is that RAID1 can give you very close to or the same read speeds as RAID0, but with none of the downfalls.

And to answer your original post, if you can get your hands on yet another drive temporarily, you can create an image of your disk using something like Acronic True Image or Ghost. (I personally use Acronis since I bought it, but I have used Ghost and have never had an issue.)

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Thank you for even more information. I will just wait till I build another editing rig and then use my transfer cable to transfer the files I want over to the new rig.
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