Moving single C: drive to Raid-0

By Mugsy
Jun 5, 2014
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  1. I have 64bit Win7 Home. My C: boot drive is a 120GB SSD with most of my programs installed on an ordinary HDD, saving the SSD for frequently used stuff.

    I bought a duplicate SSD (same brand/size/model) for the purpose of creating a Raid-0 array.

    I've backed up everything on my SSD, but how do I restore it once I setup the Raid?

  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627


    Or create image of the SSD, then apply it to the raid partition.
  3. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 352

    How do I Raid my C: drive together with the other, boot from just one, then overwrite both?
  4. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 352

    Still need help.

    What I've done so far:
    1. Using a spare drive, I cloned my Win7 installation to it and am now running off it. (I also did a standard backup.)
    2. I installed my new 2nd SSD and created a Raid-0 array with my original drive.
    3. Formatted the Raid from the Windows Disk Manager.
    Problem now is, I can't simply Restore my original non-Raid install of Windows to the Raid drive b/c it's not configured for Raid. Windows must be installed from scratch to the Raid drive so that all necessary drivers are in place.

    What I need is a way to copy my Windows 7 "Files & Settings" the way you could with the old "Files & Settings Transfer Wizard" in XP or Vista (which won't run in W7, I tried) and restore them back after Install Win7 from scratch on the Raid.

    Reconfiguring Windows & Reinstalling and every program by hand is NOT an option.

  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    You don't. You can't. Once you RAID0 some drives, they're erased.

    I'm not entirely sure how to fix your problem. But I'd do it like this:
    • Image the RAID0 array with your backup image. The files will all be there,but it won't boot.
    • Find out how to manually install RAID drivers on the Windows installation.
    • Boot into a Linux distro via USB, then place the required drivers on the RAID array.
    • Windows should then boot.
  6. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 352

    Sorry, I was being a bit factious, pointing out that one can't simply "copy/paste" Windows from one drive to another.

    In the end, Windows must be installed anew on a Raid drive b/c the original would not have the proper drivers in place.

    The final solution was to back up my C drive and use the "Windows Easy Transfer" utility to back-up my programs & settings, then restore them to the Raid after reinstalling Windows.

    There was a bit of configuring to do afterwards, but far less painless.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    Btw: Are / were you aware that Microsoft discourages having the boot drive in a raid configuration?

    Raid is intended for data and primarily for server data.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2014

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