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How to mirror two same capacitiy HDD and have them bootable?

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Since my current HDD is failing rapidly, I have acquired a WD 500GB Caviar Green HDD. I want to mirror my current Seagate 500GB to this WD drive.

Now I saw that in the Windows disc management there is an option to mirror the disks but it tells me that it will convert them to dynamic disk and they won't be bootable. I like to avoid dynamic disks.

I just want the two drives to be identitcal in terms of partitions and data, which also means that both the drives must be bootable. Currently both disks are basic.

I can't RMA my Seagate drive for atleast 2 weeks when I'll be returning home. So I'd like to use the seagate drive till then and have the WD as a backup if the Seagate decides to go out completely.

I read that RAID 1 requires two identitcal drives, which I don't have...
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150 mb download just to mirror a hard drive...
I would get it but right now I'm on an extremely slow internet, any solutions with smaller download size?
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http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

1.78 MB download, and it should do the trick.
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post #5 of 7
RAID1 doesn't need identical drives. You'll see some performance loss because the disks aren't the same, and you'll lose the higher capacity HDD (it will be locked down to the smaller of the two).

If you just need a backup, Windows 7 has a very sweet image utility that I was able to restore my moms PC after a HDD failure. All software / settings were preserve, it was an image .
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post #6 of 7
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Is it possible to have a software RAID 1 without converting disks to dynamic?

So that whatever changes I make are carried over to both the drives. I have never really used hardware RAID...so I don't know..

EDIT:
Ok, I tried Driveimage XML, it failed with a CRC error. Then I tried the windows mirroring feature, it did convert the disc to dynamic and started synching.
After a while it stopped, showing errors in C:


What do I do now?
Edited by lurkingdevil - 3/6/11 at 1:53am
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post #7 of 7
If you got the retail HD package, then you would have gotten a CD containing Acronis True Image to help you do this. If you got the OEM HD package, you can download Acronis True Image from WD here.
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