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I bought another HDD to go RAID 0 with the one I have. I don't want to reinstall windows again, so can I back up the drive completely, create the array, then load the backup onto the 2 500GB HDD's in RAID 0? If this will work, what program should I use?

Edit: would copying all the files from the root of C: work?
Edited by MetalBeerSolid - 12/29/10 at 8:33pm
 
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Should I use the program that came with my motherboard, Gigabyte's Smart Recovery (windows program) or XpressRecovery2 (boot from mb dvd program)
 
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Do NOT just copy paste the C: drive. I don't know if this can be done w/ raid since i've never had a raid setup but on regular drives using something like acronis to make an image of your current drive and store it on another drive then using that image to restore the os to a different drive works just fine. Though like I said, I have now idea if this works on a raid array. I don't see why it wouldn't.
post #4 of 8
If you want to back up WINDOWS, then make an image file via recovery settings.
If you want to clone a HARD DRIVE, there are plenty of freeware utilities to help you with this.

Remember, google is your friend, and good luck

Pm me if you want more info, cba to watch this thread right now
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I previously used Norton Ghost 2003 to make a complete image of the drive. It worked very well for moving around a Windows installation. Unfortunately it limits the drives it can write to to 1GB, so I'm now unable to back up the images to my 1.5TB storage drive.

My most recent image was created using Paragon Advanced Backup & Recovery Free Edition. I migrated a RAID0 array from 2 old disks to a pair of 2 new disks. Worked perfectly, though I have yet to try it on a running system drive.
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windows 7 can image itself... just backup your system to DVD or an external drive... raid your 2 drives and restore the image...
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windows 7 can image itself... just backup your system to DVD or an external drive... raid your 2 drives and restore the image...
Really? How? I tried the XpressRecovery2 which makes images, but it kept saying not enough free space. How do I do it with windows?
 
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Is there a way I can make an image of a drive that isn't C: with windows backup?

Is this program good? http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
 
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