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Summary: I had Windows on a RAID array, I wanted to switch to a single drive and switch back to AHCI Mode.

Solution: Clone the OS drive using Malcrium Reflect, then follow this guide to successfully switch back into AHCI mode from RAID mode.

TL;DR: Is there a way I can clone all data from my current OS drive onto a new SSD and use the new SSD as my boot drive, or do I have to manually re-install my OS onto my new SSD and just start fresh?

Hey guys!

I'm having a difficult time changing out my primary OS drive.

Currently, I have two Corsair Force GT 60GB SSD's in a RAID 0 array together, creating a 120GB OS drive. OS is Win 7 ultimate 64 bit. (Comp in question is my sig rig, but storage is outdated info in the sig)

I recently bought the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD and want to make this my primary drive as I am going to sell off the two Corsair Force GT's to offset a bit of the cost of the 840 Pro.

The 840 Pro came with a Data Migration tool, but it does not recognize my 840 Pro as a Samsung SSD, so it will not allow me to proceed with the process of cloning all data on my current OS drive and throwing it on the new Samsung SSD.

So, I googled for some free cloning programs and tried using Malcrium Reflect. Seemed like it worked well... Only took 12 minutes to clone ~80GB of data from my RAID 0 array to my 840 Pro.

I shut down the computer, disabled RAID, and for some reason, in my BIOS, the only boot option that was showing up was called "HD103SJ," which I think is actually my 1TB Spinpoint F3... (I do have that drive installed and in use as storage for more games, and a Seagate Barracuda 160GB for music and pictures, however, the 1TB does not have any form of Windows installed on it... Not even a system reserved partition... And I can tell by how dang fast Windows is booting up, there's no way in heck that my Spinpoint is being used to boot from....).

Here's a screenshot of the "Hardware" tab in the Properties menu that I can access from any of my disk drives;



That is why I believe the boot option showing up in my BIOS is my Spinpoint....

But since I cloned the OS and all data from my RAID array onto my 840 Pro, shouldn't both the RAID array and the 840 Pro show up as options to boot from as well in my BIOS? Do I need to uninstall the RAID driver I installed for my motherboard when I first installed Windows onto my RAID array? (When I was first doing that, the RAID array would not show up in the list of drives available for Win 7 to be installed on, found out from a guide here on OCN that I had to use a USB drive to install a RAID driver for the mobo to use, that's what driver I'm referring to if that helps)

Also, even with SATA config set to RAID in my bios, the only boot option that shows up is the HD103SJ still... Nothing else, not even the actual RAID array with my Corsair SSD's...

Any one have any suggestions on what's the best way to go about doing this?

If possible, I'd like to avoid wiping all data off the RAID array, and just clone it onto the new SSD so I don't have to reinstall a bunch of basic programs like rocketdock, FXCM Trading Station, CPUID, Steam, Raptr, etc. etc.

However, if multiple people agree that's my only option, or that it's simply the best option (excluding the factor of convenience lol) then I am not opposed to doing so. The only thing that does worry me a bit about this option is the fact that there's an OS on there right now and it's not showing up as a boot option in my BIOS, so that worries me that simply wiping the RAID array and using the Win 7 disk to install Win 7 onto my new SSD won't work...

Any and all help is much appreciated!

-Rivaldog

P.S. I apologize for being long-winded, but I do my best to include everything I think is necessary for some one to contribute to solving my issue.

Thanks again! biggrin.gif
Edited by rivaldog - 4/5/14 at 1:05pm
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One of my friends sent me to a site called Roadkil awhile back. They have some good free utilities and I think this one will do what you want.

http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P22/Raw%20Copy
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Sweet! Thank you for sharing that resource. I'll attempt to use that and see how it goes!
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Ok, so I used that Raw Copy program to clone all data onto the new SSD. That worked just fine, however, it didn't make my 840 Pro a bootable drive.

I went into my BIOS after copying the data, was able to change the primary boot option to the 840 Pro Series, and tried to boot off of it. Once it got past BIOS, there was nothing but a grey underscore and a loud, continuous post-beep coming from the computer. It was beeping quite fast as well. BEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP and so on.

The computer did this with RAID enabled and when I disabled RAID and switched back to AHCI.

Any suggestions on how I can fix this, or should I just go ahead and do a fresh Win 7 install on the new SSD?
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Hmm.. Maybe try this? http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P3/Boot%20Builder

If that doesn't work I would just back everything essential up and reformat.
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I'm not sure how to use that program o____o Looks foreign to me... Should I bother looking up tutorials/asking for one here, or should I just disconnect all storage drives, remove raid from the computer, connect the new 840 Pro, install windows, and then reconnect all my drives?
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I'm not sure how to use that program o____o Looks foreign to me... Should I bother looking up tutorials/asking for one here, or should I just disconnect all storage drives, remove raid from the computer, connect the new 840 Pro, install windows, and then reconnect all my drives?

Is your ssd drive showing up in windows?
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If you have Wester Digital HDD in you PC then you can download Acronis WD Edition Free.That is first class back up,copy ,etc. program and very user friendly.There you have possibility to clone your OS drive to another drive.
Download software and make bootable CD.
BUT don't forget to disconnect the drive that you copy from(after you copy)before you boot for the first time because you will mess all up.
Edited by Unit Igor - 4/4/14 at 4:32pm
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Is your ssd drive showing up in windows?

Yes, when I create a new volume on it, it works perfectly in windows. I also got it to show up in my BIOS and can select it as a boot drive (turns out I was just looking in the wrong spot lol redface.gif )
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If you have Wester Digital HDD in you PC then you can download Acronis WD Edition Free.That is first class back up,copy ,etc. program and very user friendly.There you have possibility to clone your OS drive to another drive.
Download software and make bootable CD.
BUT don't forget to disconnect the drive that you copy from(after you copy)before you boot for the first time because you will mess all up.

My WD drive is an external, and is not my current OS drive, nor is it the drive I want my OS to boot from unfortunately. Thank you for the suggestion! I think your post will still be useful.

From Unit Igor's post, it sounds like if I want to clone my OS onto a new drive and be able to boot from it, I need to clone the data, shut down the PC, disconnect the current drives that I am booting from, then disable RAID (since the new drive is a single one and not a RAID array), and then try and boot... Would that work?
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First it doesnt matter what WD drive it is,it can be storage drive i even think it can be external drive.The porpuse of this software is to sell WD drives.Would you use it as storage or OS drive it doesnt matter.
Second you cant have one sata controller in two sata modes.You cant disable RAID because your OS is in RAID mode and if you put it to ahci then you cant boot.
But that is all i can say because i see now you have AMD and that is not my field,sorry for not reading your whole post and looking rig
Edited by Unit Igor - 4/4/14 at 5:14pm
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