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I've been using an old 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard drive as a temporary Hard drive whilst I get funds together to obtain some more storage space. I just got enough for me to obtain a new 500GB Drive, as well as finding a second 80GB Drive almost identical to the first. Is it possible for me to clone my Windows 7 install from the 80GB to a RAID0 of the two 80GB drives?
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post #2 of 21
You should be able to. Clone your current 80GB over to the 500GB. Then install your raid and use the 500GB drive as main OS/boot drive. From there clone the 500GB over to your new raid0.
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post #3 of 21
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would it work to use an external drive rather than the 500GB? I have a bad record with trying to clone internal drives and doing it backwards...
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post #4 of 21
It should work with external as long as you can boot from it. Just make sure it boots fine before you format and set up the raid drives.
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post #5 of 21
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why do i need to be able to boot from it? don't you configure RAID in the BIOS? sorry for all the noob questions.
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post #6 of 21
Yes but you need to load in to an OS in order to clone your OS drive over to the raid drive. You could possibly do it by making a bootable disc if your cloning software supports it. I still think it's safer to make sure you can boot from what you have cloned just in case something goes wrong. Once you set up the raid drives they will be formatted.
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post #7 of 21
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ah, I was thinking something along the lines of using the Clonezilla LiveCD. I was just gonna follow the instructions Here. Will that work?
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post #8 of 21
There is the possibility that that will work but it more than likely won't, and for one reason: Drivers. Most RAID arrays will need drivers so if you clone windows to the external then boot from that, install the RAID drivers, and clone it over to your RAID array, it should work.

If it doesn't you will need to boot with the windows disk and use startup recovery to load the RAID drivers and repair the bootloader. Just make sure that you can boot from the external before setting up the RAID array or anything.

I have just set up a RAID array on my PC in my sig and I had to load drivers during windows installation or it couldn't see the raid drive, then when the bootloader broke I had to load the drivers from the windows disk to repair the bootloader.

So, yes, you should be able to do it, but you will need to clone the drive twice and then use startup repair if the RAID array needs drivers. That said, some RAID arrays will run on windows' included drivers, but most won't.
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post #9 of 21
Maybe before you spend lots of effort, you should run a quick HDTune benchmark on all of your drives, then post screenshots here?

RAID doesn't have perfect scaling, so it's quite possible that a new 500GB drive will outperform RAID-0 with older drives. (meaning cloning to a single 500GB drive would be the better course of action - and would save you all the driver hassle)

If you haven't bought the 500GB drive yet, keep saving. There's lots of good 1TB drives with great performance. (WD1002FAEX, F3 1TB (HD103SJ), Hitachi 7K1000.D)
     
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post #10 of 21
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http://s1178.photobucket.com/albums/...ent=HDTune.png

That's my HDTune benchmark. As for waiting, I'm getting the 500GB because it may well be enough for my purposes, if not I can upgrade later and put another in RAID or just use them as two separate drives. As for drivers, I've read around and it seems Windows 7 includes RAID drivers compatible with my M4A87TD-USB3.
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