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non-RAID to RAID-0 without data loss?

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Hi all,

I know this is probably a stupid question, but is it possible to go from non-raid to raid-0 without losing data?

I'm only using one HDD right now, but i can buy a second one for just €30,-.
I have an external HDD which is larger than the one in my PC.

Is it possible to backup my ENTIRE hdd to the external one, setup RAID-0 and then restore it?

By the way, my HDD is split into 3 partitions right now.

Thanks!
xIntenso
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I know this is probably a stupid question, but is it possible to go from non-raid to raid-0 without losing data?

I'm only using one HDD right now, but i can buy a second one for just €30,-.
I have an external HDD which is larger than the one in my PC.

Is it possible to backup my ENTIRE hdd to the external one, setup RAID-0 and then restore it?
Yes. What operating system do you have? Windows 7 has drive image backup built-in. Otherwise, Acronis might come free with your HDD. Seagate and WD, I think, have it available for download to customers.
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Yes. What operating system do you have? Windows 7 has drive image backup built-in. Otherwise, Acronis might come free with your HDD. Seagate and WD, I think, have it available for download to customers.
Yay!

I have got both XP and Win7. That's why i have three partitions; one for XP. one for 7 and one for files I use a lot on both OS'es.
So are you sure it will backp up everything, even all of the partitions?
Thanks for the quick reply!
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I tried this many times. There are guides that outline specific methods of doing this but I have never gotten it to work. When you restore the drive to two drives it will start to boot but BSOD shortly thereafter. I'm running on a P5N-D with an nvidia chipset. Not to thread jack but if anybody has a sure-fire method, please share
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I tried this many times. There are guides that outline specific methods of doing this but I have never gotten it to work. When you restore the drive to two drives it will start to boot but BSOD shortly thereafter. I'm running on a P5N-D with an nvidia chipset. Not to thread jack but if anybody has a sure-fire method, please share
Do you think it will work with Acronis True Image Home?
I think I'm gonna try using that.
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