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So I have 2 1tB Samsung F3 HD's as of right now and I didnt setup RAID properly at first because I'm a n00b. I installed windows on one of them thinking I could setup a RAID 1 config in windows afterwords which is not the case. Is there anyway I can transfer all the data of my windows install on this drive to an external, then wipe the 2 F3's, RAID 1 them, and then copy the windows install data back onto them from the external? I just spent hours waiting for all my digital copy games to finish DLing to this new OS install and I'd really hate having to wipe it all and wait another day for them all to redownload.
Edited by hydropwnics - 6/8/11 at 7:51am
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If you are using Raid 0...you cannot copy your OS back onto the Raid array.

Raid 0 is stripped thus the data will be on both drives...I also caution you if one of you drives fails you risk the chance of losing everything.

If you mirrored the drives you might be able to clone your drive assuming you can inject needed drivers. I say might as I've never done this and maybe someone that's tried this might add their two cents.
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ahh whoops i meant RAID 1 - Edited OP
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Use Windows Easy Transfer

Start/All programs/Accessories/System Tools/Windows Easy Transfer

This way you backup the data, wipe HDD and reinstall Win and then use Easy Transfer to restore the files. It's the fastest way and it should work fine.
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ok thanks
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You can absolutely set up a raid 1 after installing Windows. Just go to disk manager, convert the system disk to a dynamic volume, then right click your second disk and select "add mirror."
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I tried that but its greyed out, do I have to configure it in my RAID manager first?
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