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Alright, so lets say I am getting another Hard-Drive exactly the same for a RAID 0 setup. If I install Windows 7 onto one of the drives first without setting up RAID first, since I don't have the other drive yet (in the mail), can I set up RAID 0 once I get the other drive and have it disperse the image of the OS across the two drives?

The other option I was thinking was that I could install the OS on one drive first, make an image of it, transfer it to another computer, then setup RAID 0 and re-image it back onto that new RAID 0 partition.

If not, do I have to do a fresh install with the RAID 0 once its setup because one partition has already been created? Or I could install the OS first, then restore everything with a Windows Backup restore/image.

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post #2 of 15
#2.

Moving around blocks to retain data into a RAID 0 array is generally not an available option.
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Yea your first idea will not work, as the array has to be build first.

However, your second idea might actually work, as long as the Raid 0 array is as big or bigger than the image! That's a pretty cool idea, I think it will work! Deifnitely post back with your results as that is interesting!

I have restored from an image to a newly created RAID1 array, and it worked perfectly, so I would imagine you would be good dude! Good luck!
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post #4 of 15
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Yeah, I'm guessing #2 would work, since Windows should automatically detect a new partition size since it will be the same drive letter, technically it won't really effect it.
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post #6 of 15
Option 2 will work.

Depending on the imaging software though will determine if the partition that gets restored is the same size as the original image or if it will "auto-correct" the partition size to effect the newly acquired space.

For example, you have 1 80gb drive, image that and add another 1 80gb drive. Create a RAID 0 array of 2 80gb for a total of 160gb. Depending on the software you use will determine whether or not it will keep the OS image at 80gb or expand it to 160gb.
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You might need to make the first install on the single drive in AHCI/Raid mode or I'm not sure it will boot on the raid0. WD have Acronis True Image for free on their site, I've used that for imaging off and onto raid0's and its been good.
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It would have to be AHCI anyway, cause you can't boot into RAID with one drive.

At least for the initial part, making the image that is.
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It would have to be AHCI anyway, cause you can't boot into RAID with one drive.

At least for the initial part, making the image that is.


Not true, you can be in RAID mode and still boot... pretty much works like a single AHCI drive.

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