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Ok,
I have a RAID 0 array in my SLI Rig, and I want to remove one HDD from it.

How do I go about removing this one single drive, and leaving the other two RAID'ed?

Is it possible to do this w/out corrupting the OS and such?

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If you move the drive, you will loose everything. If you only have one drive it is like having half of your data. When two drives are in RAID 0 they just throw the data into each drive and that is why it goes faster.

Why would you want to get rid of RAID 0?
    
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I'm not, I just need to remove one of the 3 drives, so, like I said, I will still be having a 2 drive RAID 0 array..
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No, you will loose all your data. raid0 writes a part of the data on each drive at the same time, that is why it works faster. So each file will be missing 1/3 of itself and nothing will work.
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That's what I figured..

So, I have to make a BAckup of the Data, and then reinstall on the the 2 drive array..Then use the System Restore to put everything back on...correct?
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Yeah even with moving one drive and still having 2, you will loose your data.

There is no way around it. You have to get rid of one and all of your data or just keep the 3.

EDIT: Even if you make a backup, it might not like the 2 drives. It might make the backup with all the data in 3 separate parts.
    
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My suggestion would be to borrow a third drive, put any data you need onto it and maybe export your windows settings, then recreate your raid with the two drives, reinstall windows and import the settings and copy the data back.
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post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by todd258 View Post
Yeah even with moving one drive and still having 2, you will loose your data.

There is no way around it. You have to get rid of one and all of your data or just keep the 3.

EDIT: Even if you make a backup, it might not like the 2 drives. It might make the backup with all the data in 3 separate parts.
How do I know if this will work or won't work?

I am already just about done with the backup procedure right now...
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My suggestion would be to borrow a third drive, put any data you need onto it and maybe export your windows settings, then recreate your raid with the two drives, reinstall windows and import the settings and copy the data back.
Yeah it would probably be best just to transfer everything to another HDD until you get the RAID to 2 drives. Safest way probably for your data.
    
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How do I know if this will work or won't work?

I am already just about done with the backup procedure right now...
I just don't know too much about how the backup stuff works. If it writes it to your HDD's as a backup, it probably won't work, because it is still backing it all up in the same way that it writes normally, just all that stuff is backed up in a different place on the HDD.
    
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