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post #1 of 10
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So right now I am running a pair of caviar blacks in RAID 1 (not 0). If I got an SSD, could I pull out one black, plug in the ssd, mirror the os and everything onto it, unplug the other black and take down the RAID1 to transfer everything from my drives?

I have some rather stupid programs like Mathematica, which do not allow you to transfer license to a new computer, so every time you reformat, you have to buy a new license. So if I could just transfer everything over, that would be awesome.
Edited by esp42089 - 2/16/11 at 10:29pm
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post #2 of 10
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Am I asking a silly question, or does no one know?

This is kind of discouraging; I thought somebody would have done this.
Edited by esp42089 - 2/17/11 at 8:26pm
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i tried and eventually gave up lol it makes sense tho all you need to do is clone one hard drive to another
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There aren't many programs that allow you to clone from a larger HDD to a smaller one. One that I know of that can is Acronis. I never got it to work properly though as it would always fail with a "no user script found" error on reboot.

You'd also have to make sure you applied the SSD tweaks to the new system afterwards as windows wouldn't have detected it as it's not a new install.

(Prefetch, superfetch, turn off defrag, etc)
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Thanks guys!

So basically, I can't use my RAID 1 setup to rebuild the "lost" harddrive (when I unplug one of the blacks), and re-image on a new SSD (that I plug in, in place of the black)? I am going to have to clone the HDD onto the SSD.
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Just reinstall the OS on to your SSD and then setup a new Raid1 with your HDD.What I did is setup a Raid0 and installed Windows,Then I put some stuff on my SSD's and some stuff on my other HDD.
I just created another file named Program Files 2,Program Files(x86) 2,Then created folders in those and sub-folders.And directed the games/software to that HDD.Works Great.
And here is the SSD optimizing guide I used:
http://thessdreview.com/optimization...ation-guide-2/
Edited by AMOCO - 2/20/11 at 10:25am
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Reason I do not want to do that is I have several programs that do not have transferable liscences. Meaning I cannot reinstall them, I have to buy them again. I'm trying to find away around this.
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post #8 of 10
You will have to clone yes. Your best bet is Acronis's products. Take a look at them.
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Macrium I think it called.. Can take an image of your drive and at any time you can reinstall from that image...
post #10 of 10
Delete extra files/backup to create freespace. Resize the raid partition to be under/match the new ssd. Then just about any mirroring software should work fine. Last time I had to mirror a drive I used easeus.
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