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Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

Q: Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

So currently my gigabyte motherboard has 2-1TB drives in a mirror raid as my secondary drive for data storage and 1 250GB single drive for my OS. In the BIOS I have the setting set to RAID for my hard drives, which I set this after I loaded windows when I first started, but now my 250GB single OS drive needs to be reloaded, but my XP disc will not see the drive since I have it set to RAID. I'm having trouble loading the raid drivers from gigabyte and I thought it would be easier to set the hard drives to AHCI mode and unplug my 2-1TB drives, reload windows on the 250 then plug my 2-TB drives back up then switch the BIOS back to RAID, but I am worried that this will mess up my RAID on my 2-1TB drives?? I would hate to experiment and lose the data on those drives. Will switching modes mess up my RAID???

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Preferred Solution: Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Gigabyte Mirror Raid on backup drive need to reinstall XP on single OS drive question

Pull the drives off the system, do whatever you need to do to get XP installed. When that is working, change the settings to RAID, then reconnect the mirror.

It's best to install XP with nothing else on the system anyways, otherwise you risk having XP decide to install your O/S on drive "D:".

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I wiped and reloaded xp on my single hard drive dell and now I get an error that says my riad mirror array is degraded.....What is up with this?
 

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Hi all,

I am going to be retiring two RAID 1 HDD's and replacing them with a single SSD and I'm a bit fuzzy on the steps involved. I have all my data saved externally so I'll be doing a clean install of Windows 7 Pro x64. I have set it to non-RAID in the RAID menu but I'm not sure when I should change the BIOS to AHCI. Do I do that while I still have the HDD's plugged in or during the initial set-up of the SSD?

A:Changing from RAID to single drive, question about install

Unplug the HD's, plug in the SSD, boot up and tap the F2 to enter BIOS Setup. Reset BIOS to defaults, set SATA controller to AHCI, set SSD to boot first.

Then reboot tapping the F12 key to boot the latest official Win7 installer with SP1, follow the same steps as for a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 to get and keep a perfect install.

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I have a computer running XP which was built with a pair of 80 GB hard drives which have met their limit in terms of free space so the user is wanting to upgrade. These drives appear to be running in some kind of RAID setup via the motherboards built in RAID feature (not a PCI card running this setup). This is the first time I've encountered a RAID setup in a home-based PC.

One other minor problem I have is this motherboard (an Asus ABN-VM) only has two SATA ports, which are both used, so I'm going to have to clone to an external drive as an image file and then connect the new single 500 GB drive and clone back from that image to the new drive. However, come to think of it, I have an adapter that would allow me to connect the new drive to the PC via USB so... scratch that concern I guess.

I decided to take the plunge and see what Clonezilla would do with the external USB drive I have and the two 80 GB drives in the PC. When the main menu appeared I told it that I wanted to work in device_to_image mode and then told it to mount all drives. It then asked me to select the drive I wanted to use as the source but it presented both drives as individual drives, not a single mirror as I was expecting the motherboard to present it as. So... don't know what to do from here.

Perhaps there's another cloning utility out there I could run from within Windows or could boot from a disc that would recognize this array and clone it to a single drive properly. Any suggest... Read more

A:Need to clone a RAID mirror (two drives) to a non-RAID, single HD

If the drives are mirrored then imaging one drive should be all you need. If the drives are striped then the two drives are being combined together to make ~160GB drive.

I guess to determine this, what is the capacity of the main 'logical' drive? 80 or 160'ish?
 

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Hello,
I searched but I can't find the same issue. I know how to reconnect a drive in a Mirror raid when the previous has failed, then the system will copy all files and rebuild the Mirror.
But my problem is the following:

- I had on Mirror raid consisting of 2 identical drives, for data security.
- Yesterday, I put a new drive in the system (not for the Raid array, just a regular one for other purposes)
- I had to rearrange all the drives inside the pc and redo all the wiring and plugging.
- When I started Windows, it said one of my two raid drives was missing and that the redudancy failed. I thought the drive was dead but it wasn't.

- I actually right clicked on it in disk management and did a "reactivate volume", then the drive went back online and worked, it doesn't seem to be damaged at all and is marked at "healthy". I did a quick scandisk and everything is fine.

- Now my raid Mirror is broken, I have the 2 drives but they aren't connected together.
- They are still marked as "dynamic" while being separated.
- When I right-right on one of them I don't have any option to reconnect them into a Mirror. Extend volume" and "add a Mirror" are greyed out.

I seem to be stuck. Any idea of what should I do?

Thank you for helping.

A:How to re-mirror a drive to RAID

We see nothing but problems here with RAID ever since Win7 beta. Not a single good report of RAID, almost daily reports of disasters. It isn't even redundant - the very first letter of it's name! - since users often lose everything when a drive fails or crashes.

You are best off to unRAID your drives and install Win7 to the fastest drive, or to an SSD which is the best upgrade you can possibly have - even better than buying a new PC without one. Then after install add back and format the other drive(s) for storage, data and the all important and reliable backup images taken just after install and setup and then regularly.

Then focus on doing a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

I wish I had better news for you, but it is not something I mess with because it only gets worse, never better, compared to the perfect installs we have helped millions get here.

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I am running 7 pro 64bit on a ASUS p8p67 deluxe mobo and I copied all data from my 1tb storage D: drive to a backup external and proceded to install raid 5 with 3 single 1tb drives and the raid is up an running. However using Intel Rapid Storage Technology to setup the raid inside windows I had to use the drive letter R: because D: was not available in the list option. When I start some programs, the program is looking for the data on D: drive. Is there any way to change the letter of my raid storage from R: to D:?

Thanks
Jeff

A:RAID 5 switched from single storage to raid 5, lost drive letter

It's possible the cd-rom/dvd drive assigned itself as d: before the new raid was created.
This should be solvable using the windows disk management tool if that's the case.

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I'm looking into replacing the mirrored drives in my IBM xSeries 235 with larger capacity drives, and was wondering if
anyone could tell me if it is possible to remove and replace the secondary with a larger drive, let the mirror rebuild,
then replace the primary with a larger drive, and once again let it rebuild... then, (and this is the iffy part...) can I boot from an Acronis or Easus disk (or similar partition utility) and just resize the partition to use the entire drive? As is understand it now, if I rebuild the mirror with larger drives, the capacity will still be that of the original (smaller) drives unless and I can somehow resize the partition.

Any advice/help is appreciated!
 

A:Adding a bigger drive to RAID 1 mirror

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I built a new computer. I wanted it to be more reliable. So, I got two identical hard drives. I installed Win 7 Pro as one big C: partition. Then I converted to dynamic disks and mirrored the first disk onto the second disk. Everything works! I even gave it a test. I powered off, and disconnected the SATA cable on the first hard disk. Windows booted right up, off the second HD. Great! It seems the mirroring works and can tolerate a missing disk. (I had to rebuild the mirror after doing this test.)

I have some questions about how this will work over the long term. I noticed that when the first hard drive was missing from the mirror Windows never gave an error message. How would I detect a failing or failed hard drive? This is important, I think.

How does Windows deal with a bad read on one hard drive in a two drive mirror? Say if one disk reads correctly, but the second disk reads a bad sector, how does Windows know what is the correct data?

I found that Windows gives a text mode menu when I first boot up the computer. It wants me to select which Windows I will boot: the first hard drive or the second "Plex". Is there a way to set a default, so it will always boot the first instance of Windows without user intervention? Or would this defeat the mirroring function in the case of a bad hard drive?

Does anyone have any other wisdom on running software RAID mirror under Windows? Thanks for replies.

A:How to use an manage a Win7 software RAID mirror drive

My suggestion is to not use it at all. RAID is not a backup, so in a mirror, if one file is deleted, or a virus is present...it will affect both. A better method is to run one drive, and use the second in an external cage to keep as a backup. You can use something like SyncToy to keep your important files backed up, once a week or so.

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I have tried to create a RAID 1 mirror drive on my 64 bit Windows 7 Professional system. I have installed 2 additional Seagate 1Tb drives (ST1000DM003) and when I tried to Add Mirror and selected the other drive it looked like it was working but there were 2 boxes that came up that it was not formatted try later, and also that it couldn't assign the drive letter. When I tried to assign the drive letter, I get an error box with "Virtual Disk Manager" in the title and a message "The system cannot find the file specified". When I search for that I find many references but mostly with external USB drives and none of the resolutions helped. Trying to format gave a different error and failed. I found that in Device Manager under Storage Volumes there is a Generic Volume with the error "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" Both drives show up under Disk Drives with "This device is working properly." Under Disk Management both disks show Dynamic,Online and Healthy and the upper portion shows the Mirror volume. I tried to update the driver on the Generic Volume with the error and it says it is already using the best one. I went back and broke the mirror and used Diskpart to Clean both drives to start over. I created Simple volumes on both, formatted them, assigned a drive letter and was able to store files on them. I then made them both dynamic successfully and could still store and read files on them so I know the drives are good. I also t... Read more

A:Can't Create RAID 1 Mirror Drive on Win7 Pro, 64bit

I believe you will have to set your sata controller in BIOS to Raid (which may keep your OS from booting unless it was installed that way) and on boot up you should see a raid screen. Hold down the Control Key and press I to enter the raid set up. set the drives up there and it should work. Make sure they are on the same controller.

I should mention that raid may cause you more problems than it is worth, and if you are doing it as a backup, Raid is not a backup and will not serve as one. You will also take a performance hit with raid 1 too.

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Running XP Pro on a dual core.

I have an external mirror disk of my 500GB C drive. (Actually the C drive is two 250's running in Raid 0. Will this complicate the reinstall and if so, how?)

Since I have easy access to everything on my C drive I'm thinking it should be relatively convenient but I've never done it before so I'm also anticipating the unexpected, so to speak.

So the question is, if you were going to do a reformat and clean install using an external mirror, what would be your protocol?

Thanks.

A:Reformat, reinstall with mirror of c drive

Hi .First of all...a RAID 0 does not yield 500GB as drive C: when two 250GB drives are used. It yields 1 drive reflecting 250GB in XP.http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/perf/raid/l...leLevel0-c.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_RAID_levelsSooo...my question would be...just what do you have setup?AFAIK, there is no disk imaging software that will guarantee the ability to duplicate a RAID.FWIW: http://community.norton.com/norton/board/m...;thread.id=6146If you really have a mirror already on this external drive...I guess that I'm wondering how this was done?Pardons if I've misinterpreted your post .Louis

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Is it possible to setup a mirror array with an internal drive and an external drive setup with esata? The main reasoning behind this is that I want to make a backup of one of my internal drives. The internal drive is 1.5TB made into two partitions, one 500 and ext3 and one 1000 and ntfs and the external is 750GB ntfs (I could format it to ext3) with no partitions. They use the same sata controller, so I can set it up in the bios as a mirror array.

I've done some research into it and it looks like it could work, but still want to be sure that there will be no problems.. My external drive is a little slower than my internal simply because it is slower to spin up in general. Would this slow things down as it waits for it? Or will it just rely on the one drive until the external is working? Do I need to do any setting up other than in the bios? I'm using Ubuntu 9.04.

Am I better off just using a backup program?

Sorry for all the questions, it'd be great if this could work instead of relying on just doing a backup every now and then.
 

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I have a good set of backups.

What I want to know is how to simplify reinstalling XP in case of virus or malware.

The XP install process wipes the drive.

If I have a fresh backup how can the needed bookmarks, cookies and all the rest be brought onto the fresh install?

In the past, I have reinstalled individual softwares from scratch and just remembered what I had.

I'm asking this again because I lost some tutorial on it. It makes sense to me that if I have a freshly backup source, I should be able to copy back the needed stuff.

Please advise.

A:Reinstall XP with files from a mirror or clone drive

It sounds like you want to create a disk image to re-install XP. The image will make an exact copy of your disk so when you install it everything goes back to when you made the image. This website is full of links to free utilities to create the image for you. Just to let you know, when you make the image with one of these utilities, it will only be able to be installed on that machine and can't be put on any others. You can get around this with sysprep but I've never done that so I won't be much help.

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Hi to All from new member,
I need to wipe my hard drive and re-install; if I do a mirror backup of the hard drive to an external drive using my Acronis software, will I be able to restore the entire c drive including various applications I have installed over a period of time. Unfortunately, I no longer have original or re-install disks for some of my apps. My computer is an HP pavillion d4100e with windows xp.
Thanks in advance,
perspicaceous
 

A:mirror backup of hard drive

Isn't this the same question (more or less) that you asked before here:
http://forums.techguy.org/all-other-software/994908-wipe-hd-clean-re-install.html

You received help from raybro and flavallee.

Richard.
 

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Still looking for the safest software to create my backups and os from 1 hd to another?
 

A:Best/ backup/ ghost/ mirror Hard drive

And "safest" means what?

Why do you think one poduct would be less "safe" than other? Of all those that you have tried this far, what do you find lacking?
 

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Hi,

I recently built a computer with only one drive, I was wondering if it is possible to install another one and have them runing on raid 0 or do you suggest another type of raid maybe with 3 drives.

I have an asus mobo p5q3 so I can use Drive Xpert technology but a lot of reviews says that the speed of the drives is split in two when using these 2 sata connection (white and orange)

thanks

Renaud

A:single drive to raid 0 ?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Renaudlabrie


Hi,

I recently built a computer with only one drive, I was wondering if it is possible to install another one and have them runing on raid 0 or do you suggest another type of raid maybe with 3 drives.

I have an asus mobo p5q3 so I can use Drive Xpert technology but a lot of reviews says that the speed of the drives is split in two when using these 2 sata connection (white and orange)

thanks

Renaud


Renaud

Raid 0 does nothing for security of the data. If you lose one drive you lose the data. If you want security for the data the more drives the better. If on the other hand you want to speed up your disk writes and have a raid controller raid 0 will help.

let us know what you want to do

ken

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This doesn't make sense. My new Dell 15 XPS (9550) laptop has the BIOS SATA setting set to RAID (not AHCI) and yet it has a single internal OS NVMe PCIe SSD. Any idea why it's not set to AHCI? thanks

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Greetings!
So I installed the Windows Seven RC x64 today on my desktop machine after having a great experience on my notebook.
Most things worked out just fine, but the onboard raid controller is giving me alot of trouble (I got two hard disks connected there, should be raid0?), my mainboard is a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3 an this is SiSoft Sandras report on my disk controllers:


Code:
Disk Controller
Model : Giga-Byte (ICH9) 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller 1
Interface : SATA
Revision : A3
Maximum SATA Mode : G2 / SATA300
RAID Support : Yes
RAID Enabled : No
Channels : 2
In Use Channels : 1
Port : G1 / SATA150

Disk Controller
Model : Giga-Byte (ICH9) 2 port Serial ATA Storage Controller 2
Interface : SATA
Revision : A3
Maximum SATA Mode : G2 / SATA300
RAID Support : Yes
RAID Enabled : No
Channels : 2

Disk Controller
Model : Giga-Byte JMB36X PCIE-to-SATAII/IDE RAID Controller
Interface : ATA
Revision : A3
Channels : 4

Disk Controller
Model : ITE IT8212 ATA RAID Controller
Revision : B4
RAID Support : Yes
RAID Enabled : Yes
Channels : 2
Browsing this forum I found severel interesting posts, for example I tested the drivers of Driver and I tried the mainboard drivers for Vista in compatibility mode, but nothing works. I also looked for the "ITE IT8212 ATA RAID Controller" drivers directly, but there was nothing concerning Windows Seven. After that I tried the Released: Intel Chipset Software 9.1.1.1014 but that still did not solve anything.

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A:Can not find drive for Gigabyte Onboard Raid-Controller

Hello Nhdn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Have you already tried the SATA Raid drivers from Gigabyte for your motherboard to see if they will work?

GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - Driver - GA-P35-DS3 (rev. 1.0)

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Is it possible to take a ghost image from a non-raid configuration and put the image back onto a RAID 0 setup without it screwing things up? One of our users has a single 250Gb HDD and is wanting to set up a RAID 0 configuration and we're hoping that we won't have to reload the OS so we were thinking about setting up 2 new HDD's under a RAID 0 and then ghosting his current HDD back onto the RAID setup but I'm not sure if Ghost will work this way. Will it some how only think that their is one HDD and not ghost all the data across the 2 drives? Any input would be helpful.
 

A:Ghosting single drive over to RAID 0?

the existence of Raid should be transparent (ie not matter) whether striped or mirrored.

however, you need to understand that the size of target drive MUST match the source
drive; the partitions much match, otherwise, Ghost will resize the target and THAT will screw-up the raid real good!
 

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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?

Thx.
 

A:Moving single C: drive to Raid-0

Copy/paste?

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

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Would it be better to have 2 80 gig hard drives running on raid 0, or just get one 160 gig hard drive? I there not some risk at running raid 0 being that one drive could fail and all my data lost?

Thanks for any info
 

A:Raid 0 vs. Single Hard Drive

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I have windows 7 pro and running a raid 0 system. I am using Macrium 5 to backup the disk image. In the event of a HD failure will I be able to replace the raid drives with a single drive and restore the disk image or will I have to stay with a raid 0. I understand the drive or drives will have to be the same size or larger.

A:restore from raid 0 image to single drive

Hello owood1,

Yes, you will be able to. When a image is restored, it will just restore the size, partitions, and installation to a selected HDD as it was when the image was created. It will not matter of it was RAID or single.

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Hi Everyone,

I have been having a challenge with changing from RAID 0 to a single drive, whilst retaining the data from the RAID array.

To date I have performed the following:

1). Partitioned the single drive so that it closely matches the partitions on the RAID array.

2). Used XXClone to "clone" the contents of each partition on the RAID array to corresponding partitions on the single drive.

I have two partitions, one for the operating system (Win 7) and programs and the other for data.

All appears to be good on the single drive when I boot up from the RAID array and then look at files in Windows Explorer.

However when I remove the RAID array (and set the BIOS to non-raid) I cannot seem to boot from the single drive.

Windows 7 is presenting the following error:

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I have booted from the Windows 7 install DVD and selected the "Repair" option. From there I have...

1). Selected "Startup Repair"

*** Couldn't do it!

2). Gone to a prompt and issued the "x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all" command

*** Rebooted - no improvement

3). Gone to a prompt and issued different flavours of the "bootrec" command

*** Rebooted - no improvement

I notice at the System Recovery Options screen that Win 7 is listed as the OS, the partition size is given as 0, and the Location is given as (Unknown) "local disk"!'

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A:Challenge changing from RAID 0 back to single drive

have you entered bios setup and switched off the raid stuff
 

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Hi Everyone,

I have been having a challenge with changing from RAID 0 to a single drive, whilst retaining the data from the RAID array.

To date I have performed the following:

1). Partitioned the single drive so that it closely matches the partitions on the RAID array.

2). Used XXClone to "clone" the contents of each partition on the RAID array to corresponding partitions on the single drive.

I have two partitions, one for the operating system (Win 7) and programs and the other for data.

All appears to be good on the single drive when I boot up from the RAID array and then look at files in Windows Explorer.

However when I remove the RAID array (and set the BIOS to non-raid) I cannot seem to boot from the single drive.

Windows 7 is presenting the following error:

Status: 0xc000000e

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I have booted from the Windows 7 install DVD and selected the "Repair" option. From there I have...

1). Selected "Startup Repair"

*** Couldn't do it!

2). Gone to a prompt and issued the "x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all" command

*** Rebooted - no improvement

3). Gone to a prompt and issued different flavours of the "bootrec" command

*** Rebooted - no improvement

I notice at the System Recovery Options screen that Win 7 is listed as the OS, the partition size is given as 0, and the Location is given as (Unknown) "local disk"!'

Basically the "Repa... Read more

A:Challenge changing from RAID 0 back to single drive

I don't think its possible to clone a RAID array to a single HD.

Best to copy off the data and clean install to the single HD while none other are plugged.

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I'm in the process of backing up my data now, but I've run into 2 problems.

1: The external doesn't have sufficient space for everything I want to backup (I purchased it when I had my old PC)

2: The data transfer is terribly slow (10 megabytes/sec for USB external HD)

Now, the question I have is for #2! I kinda want to try to take a shortcut.

If I partition my current hard drive (500gb currently, 350gb in use), can I move the rest of my data to the new partition (gonna call it J, reformat and install Windows 7 without it also wiping the data on the J: partition which is also located on the same drive?

I dunno how else to describe what I'm doing besides doing some kindergarten diagram.

Hard drive A (500gb)

C: 350gb J: 150gb (data, not programs)

If I format C and install Windows 7 onto it, will J: still be there?
 

A:Vista -Single Hard Drive backup?

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Hello,
 
I have a SSD 256 GB (1 partition with Windows OS) and an internal hard drive 3 TB (6 partitions).
 
I format my PC very often, so I need an easy solution not to spend 7 hours of re-installing always everything.
 
I am looking to backup my Windows 8.1 Installation (from SSD to HDD) with all settings/files and installed programs.
So cloning my drive C: to a single file that will be located on another partion (which is not empty but has also music files)
 
I would like that the restore process be done with a free bootable software that lets me select this file.
 
I have already burned a bootable DVD with Partition Wizard Home Edition.
When I try to backup it needs me to select a Partition where to transfer, but I don't know if it will delete the data on that partion?
 
If with Partition Wiziard this is not possible, please suggest me any other way or software.
 
Your assistance will be very much appreciated.

A:How to backup my Windows 8 drive to a single file?

Hello, and Welcome
 
My first choice would be Macrium Free. You can create a WinPE boot disk easily on a Windows 7 computer.
 
Also good, and free, with the ability to make a UEFI bootable disk is Aoemi Backupper Standard. They also make a separate WinPE builder with all their tools including Partition Manager.
 
In order to boot the disks on a Windows 8 computer, you need to disable Secure Boot and possibly Fastboot. If that does not work change the BIOS from UEFI to Legacy or CSM boot.

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I have documents on Word Perfect , and have not been able to copy, or backup, to my Iomega external hard drive.I have tried right clicking on the particular page in that program,looking for a "copy" and then "Paste" to the location of the esternal hard drive.
What have I overlooked?. I have little or no problem with backing up other material.

Tnx

Oneoldman ...Very!
 

A:Backup single file to External drive

What happens? Is the file in use?
 

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Hi,

I知 currently running a single PC that handles my small retail store operations and I知 feeling vulnerable to a possible hard drive crash that would put a halt to my business for a day or three while I get a replacement and restore all data. I believe the best solution would be to run a dual mirror drive so I could seamlessly switch over if one drive failed, without missing a beat. Am I correct that this would be the best solution to address my concerns?

Next, the PC I知 currently running is a HP rp5000 and I知 told that this model does not support a RAID configuration that would allow me to add a mirrored hard drive. I知 being told I need to buy a new PC with a dual drive (RAID1) configuration which will cost me between $1000 - $1300. Is this true that my current computer can稚 be configured to run a dual drive and are there any less expensive work-a-rounds anyone can suggest?

Thanks!
 

A:Question about Mirror HD RAID setup

Mirror raid would definitley be useful. Bear in mind that it only helps against drive failure, not against viruses etc. I assume you woul dalso back up to an external on a daily/weekly basis, in case ofcatastrophic failure.

as far as setting RAID up goes, not sure exactly on your specs, but you should br able to get a raid card- think they run around 20-40 dollars, but not sure. Certainly not too much. It plugs into an expansion port and allows you to plug drives into it, exactly as if it was going to the mobo. The card then allows raid, although it will need rivers- al supplied and not a problem.

If you go that way, and dont feel confident, probably worth considering getting someone to do it for you. That way at least you know it will be done correctly and give you what you need.

Checled your spec, and seems you have free pci slots. Suggest that one of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...r=BESTMATCH&Description=PCI+raid+card&x=0&y=0

Would probably be suitable, but check first.

Hope its useful
 

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Raid 5 has 3 drives working but only one is actually needed for a backup, correct? I was thinking of getting a backup system going for my server, Windows Small Business Server 2003(basically Win Server Enterprise 2003), and looked up Ghost on Norton's site. My company used an older version of Ghost when we had a 2000 server environment and it worked great but I don't know what version it was but I do know that we did not have raid at all on that server.

Now I am new to the whole idea of backing up a server and implementing the system myself but at this point I would like to. The current server is decently fast for a small business and has a dual core HT Pentium chip with 4 gigs RAM but I am ignorant on the FSB and Ram brand and I want to say the FSB is in the 533 to 650 meg range but not in the current 800 and 1066 ranges. It has a front drive loading bay for the harddrives to be hooked up to a tray bay, pop it in and go. Currently the system has a RAID 5 card with 3 active in that config and one hot ready if one of the others fails.

Regardless it is fast enough for our company but I want to back it up with the least time possible to get the info back up. We do not currently have a backup server so the data being on a harddrive that is readily accessible would be great to use on a PC to make as a temporary server would be ideal. If that sounds scary tell me what you would do, it is basically one server 2003 being a file server, DNS and network server, stores Sha... Read more

A:Want to drive backup for Raid 5

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just as the title indicates, i have one hard drive that is partitioned 3 times for a tri OS boot.

window 64bit, 64bit and 32bit all window 7, for my personal reasons.
now i just found out today window 7 image backup tool backs up the entire hard drive, and can not seperate partitions therefore backs up all 3 parition together as a single image file.

what i want to know is, if there is a way either through window 7 or via another 3rd party image tool, that i can backup image and restore image per partitions instead per harddrive and still be able to tri boot? and if so, which program and how..?

thanks a lot!

A:single drive, 3 paritions, one OS per parition, image backup/restore

Macrium lets you back up one partition at a time. So does Acronis.

I think Windows imaging has its own idea of what a "system" partition is. I don't use it and will have to take your word for it that you have no control over that.

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Just wondering what or if I could move an xp backup onto a raid 0 drive.

I did setup the drives in raid in the bios, and they show as raid.
I booted into my marcium backup and ran my xp backup onto the drive,
that showed in marcium as a raid 0 drive.

When I booted, which went fine, into xp it shows in disk management as raid 0.
But the problem is,
it shows two drives, together and the 2nd drive as being un partitioned.
therefore i'm only running on one drive.

Is this fixable, or do I need a clean install?

thanks.

A:Move xp backup to Raid drive

Upon further inspection,
It seems the raid is active and that my backup restore partitioned it's own previous volume size onto the raid disk.
As seen as 111g, with an 187g un partitioned drive.
As the drives are 160gb each on the raid, and the original drive was a 120g.
I can only assue even tho twice now that I have used the option in marcium for it to restore onto the geometery of the drive present, that is has not.
So as a fix I will try a partition program and try to open up the rest of the drive.

fingers crossed.

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Hi everyone. I'm building a new PC, and I can't decide what HDD configuration to use. I'm new to setting up a RAID configuration, so forgive me if this is a stupid question... I was wondering if it is possible to setup a RAID 0 array of two 500GB drives, and then have a seperate 320GB drive that isn't part of the array to use for file backup. Could I do this?... Or would I just have to go with a RAID 0+1 configuration (which would be pretty overkill for my needs - I only need to backup certain folders, but I don't want to use a slow external USB HDD).

Thanks in advance!

- Ryan
 

A:RAID 0 with additional backup drive?

RAID vs Backup.

I'll give you the litany on RAID vs Backup.

Raid has the intent of fail-safe or raw performance; both issues for servers, not home computers.

Raid is not a substitute for backup, even if mirrored with hot-swappable drives.

Backup has the intent of file, directory, user, or HD recovery.
If it is precious or has financial implications if lost, then backups are appropriate.

There are several means to 'backup' including just replicating the data
to another media.

Your question re another HD for backups; all depends on how much data is saved and how frequently do you make a 'backup'.
 

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I am looking for some guidance and direction from some computer gurus...I recently put together a whole new system but used my old crappy IDE hard drives (120gb with OS/Win XP and my main programs on it....and 200gb on the other for storage)...other than those two old school drives, I am running everything else new (core 2 duo E6750, MSI p6N platinum SLI mobo, GeForce 7600GT, 4GB DDR2 800mHz RAM, and 2 SATA DVD burner drives)... Soooo my question is:

If I bought 2 new SATA drives (2X250 pr 2X320), would it be possible to setup a RAID 0 array for the OS and programs, and keep the old 200 GB IDE drive purely for storage(i.e. pictures, data files, etc..)?? Or would I really have to have 4 full hard drives with two in RAID 0 and two in RAID1??

Is it possible to load XP onto the IDE drive, and also on the RAID 0 setup and simply store some important data from the RAID to the IDE drive? This may be a stupid question.. but I'm new to this. Thanks,

-J
 

A:How to setup SATA RAID 0 AND backup on IDE drive??

Understanding RAID

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Software-RAID-0.4x-HOWTO-2.html

You have a SATA RAID 0 array and you want to back up on a separate IDE. The purpose of RAID is to give you faster data access or to protect your data by creating back ups or mirroring data to other disks... on the fly... all the time. You would do better by getting a USB external hard drive and move data to it when you feel like it. The data will still remain in the SATA RAID 0 array, as long as all the drives in the RAID 0 array remain functional. Lose 1 drive and the data in the RAID 0 arrray is lost totally. Understand?

As you read above, if you want speed and no data protection go with RAID 0. If you want data protection choose Raid 5 as an example
 

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When I installed windows 7 on my computer, I had forgotten to RAID my dual drives together. Can I do a windows backup onto an external hard drive, then raid my drives together, reinstall windows 7 and then do a restore? I wanna have everything exactly the same but with my drives raided together. Thanks

A:Windows Backup to restore drive after RAID

Hello con3636, welcome to Seven Forums!



A lot of users are having serious issues running Windows 7 from a RAID setup and there is really nothing to be gained with such a configuration; if you're trying to get faster access times you'd have better success using a Solid State Drive (SSD) for a boot drive and having your data on a spinner.

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This is my set-upLenovo W520 on factory installed Windows 7 Professional OSTwo 500 GB Internal Hard drive on Raid 1 (factory installed):NO DVD burnerHave a 2TB External Hard drive partitioned into three - #1--600GB;  #2-- 600GB;    #3--600+GBI already created a "Factory recovery disk" from the thinkvantage tool and put it in partition #1 The next step is to create a backup of my system, application and data.Thinkvantage tools offers 2 options:1. Windows backup2. Rescue & RecoveryQuestion 1: With the set-up as listed above, what is the best  & most effective way to backup a Raid 1 on Windows 7 Pro OS? How do you do it? How often to backup? (I am just a beginner on RAID) Question 2:OR do you use other Back-up/ Imaging software??? (e.g. Acronis,paragon system backup,norton ghost , novabackup, nero backit up)   

A:Best Way to Backup a Raid hard drive on Windows 7 ...

RAID-1 is mirroring, so in a way you are always backing up your HDD, in real time.  If one of the HDDs fails, you still have 100% of the data on your other HDD.  I guess it is possible that both of your HDDs could fail at once, in which case you will wish you had a backup.  
 
For Windows 7, I recommend using the "Create System Image" feature of the built-in backup and restore utility.  Then, make sure you create a system repair disc and store it in a safe place, in case it is ever needed to restore a backup.  In addition to this, because you are using RAID, you will need to have the RAID device driver on a memory key somewhere - the repair disc will need it because the RAID driver probably isn't built-in to Win7.
 
Some people prefer R&R, but I only use it on XP.  For Win7, I use the built-in backup and restore utility - it's quite good.

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I am in it up to my neck now! I did a file and settings tranfer to a backup drive then did a reinstall of XP. I selected quick format and after it started I noticed that it was formatting the wrong drive. I unplugged the drive before it even got to 1% approx 3 secs. Is there an easy way to recover or undo the format?
 

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hello,

i posted a thread a few days ago, but didn't get any response to my problem on the windows vista section of the forum, so i'm hoping to have better luck here.

I have a relatively new dell laptop, and its succumbed to not booting properly-
on booting, it attempts to load the dell media direct, i dont know why, and then the screen goes blue, and among some of the text on the blue page, it says
config_list_failed

Stop:0x00000073(0x00000001, 0xc0000170, 0x00000001, 0xF6BB5bb8)

Well, I guess my only option (unless someone knows otherwise) is for me to have to totally reinstall windows and clear my hard drive, but i never created a backup, so I NEED to access the important files still on my computer and back those up. A dell tech I talked to said to go to the geek squad and they'd take care of it for me- for 100 dollars and it'd take up to 5 days).

I tend to be a little tach savvy, and if anyone can explain to me, how i could backup my own hard drive, or how i could take the harddrive out from my laptop, and maybe put into my desktop, and transfer files over that way, that would be GREAT! I just dont have the time/patience/money to wait for 5 days while a stranger transfers over(and maybe even looks at) my files.

please help if you can.
I appreciate it so much!
 

A:hard drive reinstall, have to backup files..HELP PLEASE

Buy a Laptop to IDE HDD Adapter from computer store. So you be able to backup your data. So try to keep your laptop hard drive has enough space for Windows Vista works.

How can you remove your hard drive from laptop? Watch This Video
 

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Be that as it may, my Sandisk 120GB SSD crashed today, with Win 7 Pro along with my dual boot setup for Xubuntu. It is the 2nd time this happened within the past four months. The first drive was a 120GB Patriot, which was replaced by the manufacturer, then donated it to a nephew. Now it's the Sandisk. I have three working system image backups, the most recent is from last night, each saved on a different drive so working backups are not an issue, nor is disk space.

I need a knowledgeable reply if there is a way to restore a mirror taken from one disk drive and restore it to another? My experience when the last drive crashed that the MS system restore will not restore it to a different drive. Subsequent research indicated that the mirror is limited to restore to the drive with the same UUID, but I could be wrong.

A:Trying to reinstall from system image backup to a new drive, help.

"...you can download AOMEI Backupper Professional; If server, AOMEI Backupper Server will help you to protect them.
With powerful features, backup, restore, clone can be done for data protection. Besides, by system clone function, it is easy to migrate OS to another hard drive or copy/clone system partition data, which avoid reinstalling system when hard disk updating and also protect system data..."
above snippit from: How to Transfer Operating System to Another Hard Drive?

I have never done such a clone restore, and have not used their software; I cannot vet the above information.
Perhaps others in here will post their experiences with AOMEI Backupper Professional; I do not know if the free
version will even touch the above-mentioned project, again, perhaps others here will post.

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Hello all,

I've found a lot of good info here, but I could still use a little more help. I'm pretty sure the hard drive on my 6-year-old desktop just died. The computer had been turning off for no reason lately. I went into the BIOS after a "Disk boot failure" and there was no hard drive listed. That computer's on Windows 7 professional and was using an ATA-100/IDE hard drive. I imagine I have to install Windows 7 on the new drive and then load up the backup image (on 5 DVDs!), correct? I would also like to upgrade the new drive to SATA (looks like I need a PCI card for that). Would my backup image fail to load if I change the type of drive I use?

Thanks!

A:Dead Drive-Have Backup Image-How to Reinstall?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Perumexican


Hello all,

). Would my backup image fail to load if I change the type of drive I use?

Thanks!


Which software did you use to take the image? Some, like Acronis, can restore to different hardware, although you may need to change the AHCI setting in BIOS. Or did you use the builtin windows backup?

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A company I do work for had a system come in configured with a single drive, and the BIOS was configured with RAID. The system was upgraded to a Samsung SSD, but the Samsung Magician software commented drive was not set for AHCI. A quick change in the
BIOS from RAID to AHCI mode led to no problems on reboot. Will this cause any problems in the future? I'm not sure why Dell shipped this system with RAID configured and not a second drive, but performance testing with Magician had 3 categories within 5% of
the max performance and one around 10%. Thanks

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System with 2 Raid Voumes - Drives c: with Win 7 and F: NTFS drive -
1) System Image Backuped up to F: (included C: and F:) and made restore DVD
2) I Reset Volume "C:" drives to Raid Mirroring - formated and assigned C:
3) Booted on Restore Disk and won't restore because C: partition but won't allow me to just restore c: wants to resotre C: and F: but F: has Image on it.

Is there a way to just restore Win 7 to C:?
Restore has c: and f: in dialog box but I can't modify?

I will donate if I someone can help me figure out how to restore the C: drive. Already tried copying image to usb HD but not compatible for Xcopy?

Thanks

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Is it possible to run two different capacity hard drives in RAID 0 (one is 320GB and the other is 250GB).

Thanks

A:Hard Drive Raid Question

It would probably work (depending on the controller) but not recommended. The RAID array could only use 250 GB of the larger drive. Using that space for other purposes could compromise the performance you are trying to gain.

In most cases RAID 0 is more trouble than it is worth. The benchmarks are impressive but real world performance is more modest. A big downside (among others) is that if one drive fails you loose everything. Backups are always necessary but even more important with RAID 0.

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I'm relatively experienced with building computers but not so much with RAID configurations, I've never had much reason to use them before. Anyway, I'm building two PCs for someone which each have 2 drives in a RAID 1 array - one of them is currently installing windows 7 to be ready for use.

My problem is that the other had a drive dead on arrival and a replacement won't be coming for a while (there are problems with the distributor), so I only have the one. My question is: if I install windows 7 on the PC with one drive, and install the RAID drivers while doing so, will I be able to just mirror the drive when the replacement arrives and set it to RAID 1? It'd be helpful to have a working computer until the drive is finally delivered.

I'm using the onboard controller of a Gigabyte MA770T-UD3P, if that's important.

Thanks.
 

A:RAID question - adding a drive later

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Planning on a new build with storage as follows:

1 - 320G SATA drive partitioned for XP + various apps

2 - 320G SATA in RAID 0 for gaming

1 - 500G SATA for b/u

will be using a P5N32-E SLI 680i board and XP Pro.

I am considering a larger #1 drive with a partition in case I decide to try Vista.

I'm confused as to the physical procedure for setting this up. IF I install all the drives in the system and start to configure, will I run into drive letter issues while setting up the RAID? I'm thinking the 1st physical drive w/b C & D, the RAID 0 will be E and the b/u will be F.

I've set up multiple drives before but not with a RAID array involved.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanx,

Vic
 

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Hello everyone,

I am planning on buying a RAID Hard Drive Enclosure and I just wanted to know the difference between the expensive Drobo 5D and a normal RAID Hard Drive Enclosure.

The Drobo 5D is around $500 w/o hard drives! I have been looking at the Vantec or Mediasonic RAID Hard Drive Enclosures (Canada Computers | RAID Enclosures) and they are 1/5 of the price.

What are the difference between them? They both take the same amount of hard drives and both are RAID configuration..

Thanks in advance!

A:RAID Hard Drive Enclosure Question

It looks to me like the drobo does a lot of the work for you. It's more like an automated raid enclosure. An analogy if you will, a modern washing machine vs using a river back in 1800s to wash your clothes. If you know how to implement raid and you feel sufficiently confident you can do so, I would save the money and go with a cheaper 1/5th the price solution. This is just my opinion. You pay the extra money so it can do the work for you, if you're ok with that and can afford it, go for it. Your choice. I am in no way mocking or anything, just my honest opinion. I myself bought a 40 dollar Marvel 4 sata III PCIE raid card and I can implement raid inside my tower. It just depends how many HDDs you want to implement, your projected TCO and how much ROI you're expecting.

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I've been slowly building my computer. I had a Maxtor 120 GB HD that failed and I lost some of my data. To have 100% data security I ordered 2 Maxtor 300 GB HD's and configured them for RAID 1. Within only week I received a CRITICAL notification on one of my hard drives. I unplugged one and the computer did not boot, so I unplugged the other instead. The computer booted so I believe I know which HD is the problem. I went to Maxtor.com and downloaded the drive checker. Maxtor states: by using this program I will erase my HD. Ok I have the other one up and running? The questions is... Do I have to disconnect the other HD and plug in the bad one to run this program? How can I be ABSOLUTELY SURE I'm not running the test on the good one, there by erasing all my data? Does the Maxtor Hardrive need cooling? They sure feel warm! Any help would be appreciated. This is my first time setting up a hard drive so go easy on the lingo. I usually plug everything in and let a friend set it up. Thanks in advance...

Processor:
AMD Athlon 64 3200 + Socket 939 CPU
Motherboard:
A8V Deluxe
Memory:
DDRAM 4x512 MG GEL
Cooling:
Freezer 64
Videocard:
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT 128MG
Soundcard/Speakers:
Kilpsch Speakers
Hard Disk(s):
2 Maxtor 300GB SATA Raid 1
Case:
MGE/CAG-H1/sl atx 450W
Comments on system #1:
Windows XP
 

A:RAID 1 w/ Hard Drive Failure Question

I took the plung... the program from maxtor worked and found some problems....then repaired them. I will reinstall it tonight. This story is done..
 

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I am about to reformat my hard drive, long story as to why, but I am starting from scratch. I know how to install windows, drivers etc. but one thing I am not sure about is configuring the RAID, as I wasn't the one who did it when we installed everything. I am assunming that when I reformat the RAID will need to be reconfigured? I have RAID 5 with three hard drives, each 500 GB. I have a program called Intel Rapid Storage Technology that "manages" the hard drives,but if I am correct I have to set up RAID before installing windows. Can anyone point me to a how-to page or explain how to configure the RAID the same way I currently have it?

If it helps this is a homebuilt comp, i7 930 2.8 ghz, 6 GB RAM, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, Gigabyte motherboard...

Thank you so much for any help.

A:Reformatting hard drive, RAID question

Anyone?

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