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I have two dives spanned together into a 1.2TB partition, I'm wondering if there is a way to separate them while preserving my data.

So this is what my drives look like:
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That's 3 disks, one with Windows 7 Pro installed, and the other two spanned into a single partition. I have all my data backed up, so this is mainly just so that I don't have to reinstall, copy, and re-download 800GB of stuff. And also out of curiosity.
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as far as i know, you can't retain the data when splitting partitions like that.

you might be able to with a program though. just a question, why did you span them together like that anyway?
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I seperated a spanned volume once then tried to recover the data once, just because I was about to start using many dynamic disk configureations and wanted to get comfortable with them. I was able to break the spanned volume and save most of the data, but not all. Prob about 90 percent was saved.

I broke the spanned pair, deleted the volume of the disk I wanted to recover but DID NOT FORMAT. Then I used a patition recovery software to recover the partition and files. It took about 5 or 6 hours and like I said, most of the data was salvaged. I dont know if there are other ways to do it but this is what I did.
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just a question, why did you span them together like that anyway?

I just wanted to see what the performance would be like vs. RAIDed drives.
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Use acronis back up the drive. Make the device bootable and boot with the acronis image and hit restore and off you go. Why do you have two different size drives together? This may help you also.

SSD vs f3's in raid-0, then we have two f3's in raid, and last is a single f3.
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