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So first thing I need to do is backup my full F3 before I send it to RMA, any method to do this safely and efficiently?
Done already.


Is it ok to setup RAID 1 with data already in one of the drives?
And to get into that option while booting is it CTRL+I?
What are the risks I should be worried about?
Also I have read about the power saving stuff for the Greens can effect RAID so could use a how-to on stopping that feature.


Sorry for so many questions, just want to make sure I get this done correctly.
Edited by LiLChris - 6/7/11 at 8:41pm
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I use EASEUS Todo Backup Home. It's free and works pretty good.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...p-software.htm
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Are you RAIDing these drives?
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I use EASEUS Todo Backup Home. It's free and works pretty good.

http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...p-software.htm
Thanks but I already started moving things slowly 5 hours ago and finished.

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Are you RAIDing these drives?
I haven't decided yet, but I was thinking of doing RAID 1.
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I've been running two 2tb EARS drives in raid 1 with onboard raid since November and It's quite good. Super quiet drives, really cool running. I really like them for this. They were a good deal and It's nice to have have a little redundancy for some data. Not as good as a true backup but that will happen once I build this new machine.

I'm going to be upgrading my system though and want to move the mirror to the new system. And I'm worried I won't be able to migrate it over, that I might have to buy a big external or maybe 2 more 2TB's to swap it over. You have any idea about that?
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I've been running two 2tb EARS drives in raid 1 with onboard raid since November and It's quite good. Super quiet drives, really cool running. I really like them for this. They were a good deal and It's nice to have have a little redundancy for some data. Not as good as a true backup but that will happen once I build this new machine.

I'm going to be upgrading my system though and want to move the mirror to the new system. And I'm worried I won't be able to migrate it over, that I might have to buy a big external or maybe 2 more 2TB's to swap it over. You have any idea about that?
No idea I was going to post about something similar to that actually.

Since I already have data on one drive I wanted to know if I can setup RAID 1 without having to format.
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You might want to consider the built-in Windows Software RAID. Your data will be preserved if you go about it using that. The performance is comparable to mobo raid, at least for mirroring. I'm using it in two computers currently. The mirrors are also portable between Windows installs.
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