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Migrate OS from 3 RAID 5 (one failed) HDDs to 2 RAID 0 SSDs

Q: Migrate OS from 3 RAID 5 (one failed) HDDs to 2 RAID 0 SSDs

I keep trying to migrate it using minitool partition wizard but whenever the action has been completed it won't boot from the SSDs windows recovery comes up. Any suggestions?

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Preferred Solution: Migrate OS from 3 RAID 5 (one failed) HDDs to 2 RAID 0 SSDs

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I bought a 2.5" 50gb SSD earlier this year (just before they became popular ) - at the time it was top of the line for 2.5 inchers.

Unfortunately I am almost out of space on the SSD, and I'm considering buying another identical one and setting it up in RAID 0. I like the security of RAID, but my previous setup I had two and a half years ago was a headache when things went wrong - it was a six 400gb RAID 0, and I had to replace THREE of the drives over the course of the 2.5 years. Western Digital replaced them under warranty... makes me wonder if they lost all of their profits from the six drives I bought after giving me three more...

Anyways, the biggest question is whether I will actually get doubled speed on RAID 0. I'm currently getting about 350mb/s read and write on my SSD. A couple months ago, I had to replace my motherboard with an ASUS (I believe it is a P6T - I physically broke my previous 680i ) - although I have not run RAID on this board, the RAID on my previous 680i was NOT double the speed. I was only getting about 170mb/s on SIX 400gb drives in RAID 0. Individually they earned 79mb/s. Funny thing is, when I ran them as externals in Windows RAID (via disk management with the SSD as C:\ - the six drives were non bootable) I was running exactly six times the speed.

I am interested in some of the higher end SSDs, however I do not want to run PCI-e storage, and the 3.5" disks are in the same performance ring as what I already have. I will be... Read more

A:SSDs in RAID 0?

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I have a 120gb and and another 128gb and, One made my Samsung and another made by SanDisk and I was wondering if it would be possible to run them in a raid 0

thanks in advance

A:SSDs in RAID 0

It would probably be possible (depending on the controller) to combine these drives in RAID 0 but not normally recommended. RAID 0 works best with matched drives. Only 120 GB on the larger drive could be used.

RAID 0 improves performance by increasing transfer rate. In theory this would be near double but even benchmarks do not reach that. But modern SSDs already have a transfer rate such that they do not materially limit performance.

RAID 0 makes things more complicated and has a number of other serious downsides. One being that if one drive fails you loose everything. Backups are always important but even more so with RAID 0.

In this case you would have all the disadvantages of RAID 0 with little performance gain.

Better to use one drive for the OS and the other for important applications.

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Hello all,
My HDD died Sunday morning. After a lengthy funeral and playing taps, I went to Fry's and picked up a 120gb Corsair Force 3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233206). After installing Windows 7 and three games, the drive was more than half full. So I'm trying to decide what to do. Should I return it and go for the 240gb? I've looked on Newegg and the reviews seem to be 50/50 on them. Or should I purchase another 120gb and try a raid 0? It looks to be a little cheaper to go with the 240gb but better performance with the Raid configuration. Are you able to use TRIM on a Raid 0 with these drives?

Any information would be appreciated,


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I'm thinking about setting up some SSD's in RAID 0 and I had a few questions.

So am I to understand that if a Crucial M4 reads at 415 MB/s that if you RAID them that it would theoretically equal 830 MB/s? Or are there safeguards put in place where you can't just put ten of them in RAID 0 and have the drives reading at a blazing 4.15 GB/s?

Also how is TRIM support for RAID 0? Would I have any issues there? Another thing I wanted to ask was what are the advantages of running RAID off a PCI-e card versus running it through your motherboard's onboard SATA ports?


A:SSDs in RAID 0

1. you cannot just add it up. You loose some in the raid control - about 10%.
2. there is no Trim in Raid0
3. if you think that will speed up your OS, it is not going to happen. For the OS the R/W speed is pretty irrelevant. It is the access time that counts and that is the same in Raid or single SSD.
4. PCI-4x has a throughput of 10Gb/sec versus 3 or 6Gb/sec for the Sata ports.
5. A 10-fold Raid will be limited by the max. capability of the ports - about 300 or 600MB/sec for Sata.

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I'm just wondering what the ideal stripe size and controller (gotta be at least PCI x8) for running a pair of 380mbps SSDs in RAID 0 would be...

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Hi Folks,
I have a Dell Dimension 9200 (XPS410) and the System disc is on two WD Sata 2 hard drives in a RAID 0 combination. It's pretty good but I wanted to juice it up a little.
So in order to speed things up a bit I have replaced the RAID 0 discs with a single SSD.
(It's a SATA 3 SSD but is obviously going to work only at SATA 2 speed on my current mobo.)
The effect of having the SSD is that everything (apart from the time taken to load the BIOS of course) is now at least twice as fast. I.e. nearly all programs load in 50% or less than previously and other stuff is generally quicker.
My question is this:
If I were to buy another SSD and set up a RAID 0 formation with the two SSDs, would I see any further increase in performance?
I have two views and obviously one is wrong:
1. In RAID 0 twice as much data will be made available in the same time, so yes it should be faster?
2. RAID 0 improves performance by eliminating (or reducing) the seek latency on the second drive, but since this is tiny on an SSD, there won't be much difference?
Which view is correct please?

A:Is RAID 0 applicable to SSDs?

Is RAID 0 applicable to SSDs?Click to expand...

Of course - - - but WHY?
There will be no real advantage with Raid-0 on a SSD implementation.
An HDD has three timeing factors (move the head, wait for the rotation, transfer the data)
and the SSD only has the latter. The whole advantage of Raid-0 is to not wait for the
first two time - - Q.E.D, not viable on SSD.

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I'm currently running a homebuilt machine with a pair of 150G Velocirapters in RAID 0. It's a fast array, but I'm looking at nearly doubling the read/write speed with the SSDs. I'm using WIN 7, 64 Pro.

I use Acronis True Image to back up to an external HD daily, so that's covered. Here's the question:

If I was to remove the current RAID HDs and replace them with the new SSD drives, would the system boot up in the RAID 0 configuration, ready for a restore from the external drive, or, would I have to re-configure the new SSDs in BIOS to RAID 0?

If this was a new build I wouldn't be concerned. However, I've been using and adding to this system for almost a year and would hate to lose everything.

A:Upgrading to SSDs in RAID 0

Although I have never tried this setup myself (because I think an SSD Raid is pretty useless in real life), I would think that this should work. You have to make sure that you properly align the SSDs because you restore from an image. SSD Alignment You also have to define a primary, active partition to which you restore the OS. And if you have a 100MB active partition, things get a bit more complicated. You find some guidance here: SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

With all that being said, I would recommend to install only one SSD for the OS and leave the user data on the rapters. For the OS, the R/W speeds are pretty irrelevant because the OS deals with small blocks or 4K and 8K. It is the access time that accounts for the superb performance - and that is the same for a single SSD or a Raid. Thus there is nothing to be gained and you only complicate your life.

But if you think that Raid is your life, get a Revo drive ( Newegg.com - ocz revodrive x2 ) - provided you have a PCI-e x4 on your board.

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Hi there,
I'm new to forums so please bare with me,

I've recently bought 2 250Gb Samsung EVO SSDs and want to RAID 0 them, then transfer my OS (and a few games) to them and keep my current 1Tb Seagate Barracuda HDD for the storage. I have fit them into my computer fine and (still running in IDE mode and booting from the HDD) they show in the Samsung software so I know the computer can see them.

I then put my BIOS into RAID mode and set up the raid 0 for the SSDs no problem, still booting from the HDD. I was told from a friend this would be fine as would be able to use the Samsung software to then transfer everything I wanted no problem then set to boot from the SSD.

However, this is where the problem started, windows started to load but went straight to the system restore and trouble shoot menu. I reset and let it try and sort itself out a few times before thinking something wasn't right. I was then worried about the integrity of my OS and all files on my HDD so unplugged the SSDs, deleted the RAID setup and changed it back to IDE in the BIOS. All worked perfectly so the HDD is fine.

Clearly I am doing something fundamentally wrong and haven't set something to the right option or what my friend told me is wrong and I may possibly need to do a clean install (which would be a real pain in the neck).

Any help on this would be really appreciated, I am new to RAID and SSDs so I am hoping there is something simple I am not doing to sort this problem out. System specs are belo... Read more

A:Setting up RAID 0 on new SSDs

Sounds like you did everything right. When you had the SSDs installed as regular drives did you go into disk management and format both drives just to make sure both SSD drives are working properly? If both drives are okay and you then went into the bios to set them up as one raid drive, Windows should have booted properly from your HHD without any problem.

The EVO drives are cheaper for a reason, I am starting to think that the Samsung 840 EVO SSDs should not be used in Raid mode.

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First time posting :blush:,

Situation: I have two hard drives : main drive: Seagate 500GB w/ windows xp and second drive: WD 1TB blank.

Without backing up the main drive (ops...), i went ahead and enabled RAID 0 on both drives and created a RAID volume (128KB strip / Size: 1TB (931.5GB)).
NOTE: the RAID volume size is only showing the exact space of the 1TB, excluding the 500GB drive.
After realizing that I needed to create a backup image of my main drive to use RAID with an existing drive, I'm left with the "Operating System Not Found" message.

Question: If I Delete RAID Volume (which is based on the size from the blank 1TB drive), will both drives become available as non-RAID disks and keep the original data on the 500GB main drive and be able to run windows again?

I'm using software RAID through Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v5.6.2

I understood that "Resetting the drives to Non-Raid" will cause all data on the disk to be lost, so this isn't the approach that I'll be taking til I find a solution to backup my data.
However, from reading the "Delete RAID Volume" option, it listed Deleting a volume will destroy the volume data on the drive(s) and cause any member disks to become available as non-RAID disks, so knowing that the RAID Volume is blank, then maybe trying this will be the answer.

When using the Microsoft Recovery Console in (RAID mode attached w/ both drives) logically there isn't ... Read more

A:RAID issue - deleting RAID volume to restore non-RAID disks

sadly, there's no way to do what you want without an existing backup.

Look at it this way;
A disk has a container ~ the partition.
The partition as a structure ~ the filesystem (eg NTFS, FAT32, RAID).
We put our data into the structure.

When we create backups, we are getting only the data itself (unless you use an image program like Ghost or Acronis where you get all three).

Deleting the RAID will give back the two independent HDs, but also breaks the structure so that the data becomes in accessible.

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This is my first time on eitghtforums. I used to browse sevenforums all the time, but never posted.

I am trying to install Windows 8 Pro on two RAID 0 SSD's. My motherboard does not support RAID, so I bought a PCI-e controller card. The card does not have a BIOS/Utility (I thought it did when I bought it), so I used Disk Management in Windows 7 to stripe the drives for me. When I did that, it changed the disk type to Dynamic and I was unable to install Windows 8 on the partition.

Below is a list of hardware I'm using
OCZ Agility 3 120gb SSD (2)MSI H61M-P23 Intel H61 MotherboardSYBA IOCREST PCI-e SATA Controller Card SY-PEX40039

I'm a novice when it comes to stuff like this, so any help/advice at all would be greatly appreciated.

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I have two Intel X25-M solid state disks (80GB) that I want to stripe and use as my OS drive. I have the Asus P6T motherboard with ICH10R and support for RAID 0,1,5 and 10. My problem is I need to clone my OS partition with True Image and copy the volume to the striped drives. Here's the catch, my OS is already on one of the X25's and I will need to use an X25-V as a temp boot drive in order to stripe the two drives and still be able to use Windows for cloning. I also have 2 or 3 other SATA drives that I do NOT want to be configured in RAID.

So, I guess my question is will the striped SSD's take the cloned partition or will I encounter issues coming from a single drive? I don't have a ton of experience with RAID but I haven't had any problems either, but I want to play it safe. Any help would be helpful; I'm sure there is someone on here with much more knowledge on this matter. Thanks in advance!

A:Help setting RAID 0 configuration w/ SSDs

EXCellR8 said:

I have two Intel X25-M solid state disks (80GB) that I want to stripe and use as my OS drive.Click to expand...

DON'T - - Even Microsoft does not like that option - - the boot drive should not be Raid-X says MS.

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Has anyone experienced this? I'm on a Z77 chipset board with ROM 11+ and TRIM enabled (I've checked and TRIM is working) yet Windows 8 feels more sluggish installed in two Samsung 840 SSDs on RAID 0 than in a single one. Even though benchmarks with CrystalDiskMark say differently (the raid 0 array has double the throughput of the single SSD) programs load faster, file explorer moves faster, etc., on the single SSD. What could it possibly be? Is the Raid 0 controller adding overhead of some kind?

A:One SSD feels faster than two SSDs in Raid 0 for OS.

It's probably not actually slower, but aside from higher throughput you won't see much difference. I think you set your expectations to see a vast improvement and it just isn't going to happen.

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I need help. About 6 mos. ago, I bought a rebuilt system (Gigabyte GA-K8VM800M, AMD Sempron 3100+ i gig DDR333Mz PC2700, onboard Raid. The system had 2 Maxtor ATA/133 HDDs. I had a Samsung SV6004H Spinpoint Ultra ATA/100 HDD from my old system that was still good, and had data that I didn't want to lose, so I asked the tech I bought the "new" system from if there was a way to add the Samsung to this system. Apparently, raid wasn't an option, because of the different ATA. The Maxtors are ATA/133, 7200rpm, and the Samsung is ATA/100, 5200rpm. Anyway..............the tech installed a Promise Ultra66 PCI IDE controller for the Samsung. I wanted to use 1 of the Maxtors as the main drive, the other maxtor as an emergency backup(Maxtor has a utility to copy 1 drive to the other), and I wanted to use the Samsung for pictures, videos,etc. I didn't know jack squat about computers at this point.
I have had nothing but problems with this system; 1 crash after another. I have reinstalled the OS(XP Home SP2) several times. The last time the system crashed, it rebooted to no hard drives and the message; Disk Boot Failure. Through a long process of elimination, I ended up removing one of the ram modules, as the computer booted to disk boot failure whenever I had a module in 1 of the DIMM sockets. So it appears as though the DIMM socket is bad. The tech tells me that if the socket is bad, the motherboard is on it's way to the boneyard. So now I'm looking at... Read more

A:3 HDDs without Raid

and I found that the Samsung is Ultra ATA/100, so I don't understand why he installed the Ultra66 controller,Click to expand...

Becuase he had it in stock and becuase you didint know enough about computers to ask what he was installing and why. so you have learned a valuable lesson about dealing wiht computer shops.

I have never been to impressed with PCI IDE cards, many seem to cause more problems than they are worth. if your new board has sata you could run your OS and backup drive on the sata ports ( you would have to buy sata hard drives.)and that would leave you 4 IDE ports for other hard drives and optical drives. if you dont have the money or inclination for sata drives then just use your two maxtors on the boards IDE ports and take the samsung and put it in a USB 2.0 enclosure and run it that way as a back up drive.

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Hi All,

I have an older HTPC with W7 Pro that I made a software RAID 1 array in strictly for data. The OS is on a separate drive.

I just built a new HTPC and want to move one of the drives from the array over to the new PC. How do I go about migrating one of the RAID 1 drives over to the new build? Is it as simple as uninstall from the old pc and install in the new one?

I don't want to rebuild the array as I'm going to use Acronis as a backup to a slave drive and NAS. These are data only drives. The OS is on an SSD in both computers.

A:W7 software RAID 1 - Migrate to new W7 OS need help

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, draw a box around full map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.

Check also the BIOS settings to see if you have a RAID controller pop-up when you first boot the computer which must be disabled in additon to the setting change to AHCI.

You'll likely have to move your data off the RAID first to unRAID it.

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Hello all, this is my first post here although i have had my z800 for over 5 years, its a dual x5690, 32GB ram and a quadro 6000, for a while i have had 4 samsung 840 pro 128GB drives set in raid0 using the Intel Raid, and only now decided to tacle the issue i am having... here is the setup  I know they are connected to Sata2 ports so only get 50% the speed, but 4 in raid 0 should be getting arroun 800-1000MB/s and I am only getting the following... AS SSD Results.  Crystaldisk results.  I can't for the life of me figure out what is wrong... I have spent months searching and nada... Any ideas or help would be humungously appreciated! Many thanks Anthony Kyriazis / Greece   

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Just a quick note for anyone interested in using (or is already using) SSD's in RAID 0. It seems that TRIM support for RAID 0 will be implemented in Intel's RST 11.5 driver.

[Source: Storage Review]

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Hi Everyone,

In the past I have created a variety of RAID arrays using mechanical drives. As a general rule of thumb I found the data throughput with RAID 0 to be an 80 - 90% speed increase when compared to one drive acting alone.

I am now considering setting up a RAID 0 array using SSDs, more specifically I am looking at purchasing 2 x Corsair Force 3 240GB SSD.

What kind of performance increase can I expect from RAID 0 (of the BIOS variety) when compared to a single SSD? Is it better to pay more for a higher performance SSD and forget about RAID 0? Finally how does RAID 0 affect the life span of an SSD.

Any input here will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,


A:Mechanical drives vs SSDs in RAID 0 configuration

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I can't figure out which terms to search to answer this question. I apologize if it has been answered before.

I have three sets of 'matching pairs' of disk drives in hand. Two sets were used in RAID 1 arrays in a previous XP/Pro based system. The RAID was established using Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) software.

I want to reuse the drives in my recently installed Windows 7/Pro x64 system. I have not intentionally installed IRST on this system. Note that my motherboard, Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P (rev. 2.1), was designed with RAID in mind.

The WD Raptors were OS/Program drives. If they don't prove too small at 74 Gb, I want to use them in an eSATA box for backup storage of data. I plan to completely reformat them as a single NTFS partition. Can I safely conclude that any memory that they were once in a RAID configuration will be removed by this process?

Is it true that the 477 Gb and 610 Gb WD Caviar drives may give me trouble if they, too, are not completely reformatted? Are they 'marked' as RAID drives? Will this cause problems in the future if I use only one of the pair to store data files and reformat the other to store backup images? Can they be 'unmarked' or do I need to move all the data to a temporary storage device so that I can reformat them?

I am using one of the third set, a pair of Crucial M550 SSDs, for my Windows 7 OS and program files. I'd like to use the other as a backup drive on which to store images of C:\ Unfortunately it has a botched attempt at... Read more

A:Are HDDs That Were Used In RAID 1 'Marked?'

To the best of my knowledge formatting this drives should wipe them enough to reconfigure your new Raid. Lets hope someone with deep Raid knowledge will confirm as well.

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I added a second SATA HDD to my XPS 8910, same size and model as System HDD.  Started up Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) in hope of migrating the System HDD to RAID 1, just as I had previously done on my old Windows 7 XPS 9100 using Matrix Storage Manager.  RST shows both drives, with the original drive labeled as "System", as same size in the Status window, but there is no Create button available.  If I add a third (smaller) HDD, RST then gives me the option to create a RAID 1 volume using the 2 non-System drives.
Why will RST not allow the System HDD to be migrated to RAID 1?
Looking at the BIOS, it's very different from my old system, which used to have a Ctrl-i capability to get into the Intel RAID options.  What is set there on the XPS 8910, just as it originally came, are the following:
  SATA Operation   [RAID]
  Boot List Option  [UEFI]  (not accessible to change)
  Secure Boot  [Enabled]
  Boot Option Priorities
    Boot Option #1 [Windows Boot Manager]
    Boot Option #2 [Onboard NIC (IPV4)]
    Boot Option #3 [Onboard NIC (IPV6)]
Disabling Secure Boot would allow me to change Boot List Option from UEFI to Legacy, but I haven't tried for fear of messing things up, and I'm not sure it would make any difference to RST anyway.
Bottom line: How can I migrate my System HDD to RAID 1?  Can I do it without having to com... Read more

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I added a second SATA HDD to my XPS 8910, same size and model as System HDD.  Started up Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) in hope of migrating the System HDD to RAID 1, just as I had previously done on my old Windows 7 XPS 9100 using Matrix Storage Manager.  RST shows both drives, with the original drive labeled as "System", as same size in the Status window, but there is no Create button available.  If I add a third (smaller) HDD, RST then gives me the option to create a RAID 1 volume using the 2 non-System drives.
Why will RST not allow the System HDD to be migrated to RAID 1?
Looking at the BIOS, it's very different from my old system, which used to have a Ctrl-i capability to get into the Intel RAID options.  What is set there on the XPS 8910, just as it originally came, are the following:
  SATA Operation   [RAID]
  Boot List Option  [UEFI]  (not accessible to change)
  Secure Boot  [Enabled]
  Boot Option Priorities
    Boot Option #1 [Windows Boot Manager]
    Boot Option #2 [Onboard NIC (IPV4)]
    Boot Option #3 [Onboard NIC (IPV6)]
Disabling Secure Boot would allow me to change Boot List Option from UEFI to Legacy, but I haven't tried for fear of messing things up, and I'm not sure it would make any difference to RST anyway.
Bottom line: How can I migrate my System HDD to RAID 1?  Can I do it without having to com... Read more

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I am currently running Win 7 sp1 home premium. The OS is installed on a SSD. I also have 4 WD 1 TB HDD configured in 2 arrays using Raid 0. I can not afford to lose any Data on the HDD's. I don't have the capacity anywhere else to back up the data on the arrays. Is it possible reconfigure these arrays on a new window 8.1 install? If so how? Please don't be vague I need help! I am looking to get ready for the Windows 10 upgrade.

The PC is a home built AMD 2.9 GHz Processor with a Gigabyte MA78LM-S2H MB
I have 1 raid pair setup on SATA2 and 3
The 2nd is connected to PC1 2 port SATA controller

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Hi, I have a HP Compaq Elite 8300 tower (16GB RAM, Intel Q77 Express, Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) into which I've fitted two SSDs in RAID0 (after upgrading the BIOS to the latest version). The use case is for a development environment using multiple virtual machines running in parallel. I have the latest version of the Intel tools installed on a fresh Win7 Pro install using the OEM sticker's key not the SLP key. I have two other large capacity non-SSD disks which I can use for data stores that don't need to be on the SSD but before I fit them, I want to know if this applies: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/answers/id-1992915/mixed-raid-raid-drive-setup.html In other words, will it preserve the RAID array on the SSDs while mounting the two spinny HDDs as additional drives? A slightly unrelated question - are there any automatic upgrade rights to Windows 10 with this machine? I've read elsewhere that since the Anniversary update, Windows 10 will activate quite happily if Windows 7 has been activated although it isn't clear if the machine needed to be SLP activated or OEM key activated.  I don't plan on upgrading this machine to Windows 10 yet, but perhaps there are tangible benefits for doing it if using SSD RAID.

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Is this possible? and if so, how I can I do this? I plan to do this on Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ MB using four KingDian 120GB SSDs in a Syba 4 Port SATA III raid HyperDuo PCIe 2.0 x4 card? I've found a customer review on Amazon.com that supports
this but I thought I would run it by this community as well. 

Thanks in advance,

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System: Dell XPS 8300, i7-2600, 3.4 GHz, 16 GByte memory running Windows 10 PRO. Currently the boot device is a Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB. The motherboard is a Dell 0y2mrg containing an H67 Express Sata/6 controller(chipset). The performance is very good, particularly with Rapid mode(a disk caching app by Samsung) enabled. There is a secondary 1 TB hard drive which is used as storage for less active files. The graphics has been replaced with an NVidia 750 GTX with two HDMI outputs. I have to admit this is a quick system, my major uses are using Excel with large files(5-100 MB) and number crunching. I've decided not to replace the CPU or MBoard until one or the other fails, thinking i7-6800. I run an incremental Acronis backup every day with full saves every 20 days.

I'd like to add another Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB to this system and run both together in raid 0 and use the raid structure as the boot device. I already own the second 850 EVO. My major motivation is capacity, followed by speed. I should have purchased a 1 TB SSD but didn't.

Can anyone direct me to the literature that explains how to implement raid 0 with Windows 10 PRO? I realize the entire conversion process may involve a lot of moving stuff around and so forth. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks, Glen

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I am a first time builder and I want to know If I need to be proficient in BIOS, CMOS, and jumper placements and RAID to build the system. will the manuals cover everything? I'm knowledgeable about computers and parts and Compatability. My biggest questions are:

Is it that much harder to install 2 HDDs? and what would I need to know?special technical knowledge, common mistakes etc...

Can I install a second HDD after I 've been using one for a while?

Another Q is opinions on which RAID is better 0, 1, or 0+1?

here's the sytem I plan to build within the next week or two:
(subject to change to meet fluctuating budget and feedback)

CPU: AMD athlon 64 3200+ (Winchester)
MoBo: Asus A8N-SLI deluxe
Video: eVGA GeForce 6600GT PCI-E SLI-ready
HDD: Maxtor 200 GB SATA
Optical:16x4x16 DVD+/-RW dulalayer
Optical 2: 16x DVD rom
monitor: 17" flat panel, 8ms, 500:1

A:Questions on Multiple HDDs and RAID

-Fitting a new HDD is fine, so long as you have space in your machine, and there is a spare space on a disk controller for it. Going by your specs there, you should be able to add it no problem provided there is space in your case.

-No, you can add a new HDD at any time.

-RAID 0 joins disk space to create bigger and faster volumes, but if one disk goes, you loose the lot. RAID 1 mirrors disk space, so that if you have 2 x 80GB space, all you can use is 80GB, but if one disk fails you have an identical copy and can "rebuild" your mirror easily. RAID 0+1 or RIAD 1+0 combines these to create mirrored stripes, or striped mirrors.

You can do RAID with software (using NTFS) or with hardware (using a controller on your motherboard - if it has one - or by using a dedicated card. Software RAID is less good. You can only install the OS to a hardware RAID partition with Windows 2000/XP as far as I am aware. Software RAID will not work.

Basically, you are looking at either adding a new HDD and using onboard RAID controller on your motherboard, or adding a new HDD plus controller card.

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Hi there, I wonder if anyone can help me saving my data.
During Windows XP startup I get

STOP 0x000000ED
(0x8256A8D0, 0xC0000185, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I've spent already two days googling for solution so please read my whole description before making your suggestion.

I have AMD Athlon 64 2800+, MSI K8T800 motherboard, 512 MB RAM, FDD, DVD/RW and two SATA Maxtor hard disks in RAID 0 - stripe (onboard hardware controller) 80 GB each.
Windows XP SP 2, single partition on the whole RAID array. No other hard drives.

This box had been running quite ok for half a year. I experienced occasional freeze-ups - mostly when playing games. About once/twice per month.
I looked like this:
* blank screen
* sound goes on for about three seconds (sometimes in a loop) then stops
* monitor switches off
* fan goes on but otherwise the computer is silent (no HDD activity)

A week ago I was running original Microsoft Defrag and started MS Excel at the same time. The computer started to get slower and slower and then hung up completely. After reboot I got UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME - see above.

Please note that I didn't even open the box not to mention changing any hardware.

In RAID BIOS I can see the array with both disks but the first HDD is said to have 74.53 GB (less than 80 GB) and the other one 114.49 GB (more than 80 GB) - that's not even 160 GB together. I don't remember what was there before but I assume that the size ... Read more

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Hello, I have two hard drives that are the same speed, but different capacities. One is 10 gigs and the other is 2 gigs. I want to put them in a RAID-0 configuration so they can be striped.

My question is that if the Hard drives aren't equal in size, will there be a difference in the data transfer speed? Or another way to put it, If I filled the RAID-0 configuration (which shows up as one hard drive) to capacity with data, will both hard drives be full? Or will only the 2 gig hard drive be full and the 10 gig hard drive will have 8 gigs left? And will 2 equal hard drives be faster?

A:Solved: Different size HDDs in RAID-0

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Made it to installing the RAID drivers during Windows setup but I got this error: Cannot copy iaStor.sysAfter some Googleing I've found it may be the files are unreadable on the floppy due to numerous reasons. Do I have any alternatives?I got the drivers from this page: http://www.foxconnchannel.com/EN-US/servic...ID=en-gb00000032nd page: On-Board RAID IMSM 32Bit DriverChipset: ICH7RIt self extracts to a floppy. When I try to extract it to a floppy I keep getting address errors. I tried on another machine, same problem. I can add any other files just fine via drag and drop.Please help!Update: I may have fixed the problem myself. Most having the same issue when skipping the iaStor.sys file it copies the rest files, restarts, hits a blue screen and fails to begin installing Windows.Alternatively, I did a bit of research and found this: http://www.nliteos.com/download.htmlYou can copy your Windows installation there and inject the drivers you need just be sure to select the right one(s). Windows is currently installing for me so unless something freaky happens I should be square. Hope this helps anyone else with this problem.

A:Reformating 2x Hdds And Setting Up Raid 0

Did you extract the file to your Desktop - or did you just run it from the Windows Explorer window when you double clicked on it?

I'd expect that the floppy drive installer wouldn't work from within the zip archive - so you'd have to extract it and then try it.

nlite should work also - but you'll have to extract the drivers in order to load them into the nlite installation.

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So I've been using this site extensively for at least a year, and since I haven't found an article specifically for this anywhere, I figured I'd contribute. I realize it might not help me in time for delivery, but it might help someone else later. So heregoes...

I finished this build last week for a customer, had everything setup and working except the raid 10 storage array. I'll list the parts here...

Relevant components:
- ABS DARK BERET seriesDB1000-M-BRZ 1000W PSU
- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
- G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
- A-DATA 500 Series AS592S-32GM-C 2.5" 32GB SATA II SSD (x 2 - raid 0)
- HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770
- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA (x 5 - raid 10 + 1 native)
- OS: Win7 64bit pro

Anyway, Friday, 3 days before delivery, I get artifacting. On desktop, not in game. Immediately turned off aero, which fixed it mostly. Checked CCC for overheating, kept an eye on card. Nothing abnormal, EXCEPT that with the artifacting came massive system slowdown, errors and BSODs.

Checked PSU for overheating or irregularity, but mm readings were normal. Tried several backlogged CCC versions thinking "must be drivers." But that didn't fix anything, so I decided it was just bad mem on card, and took it out. Integrated VGA works fine for now. I'll explain to end-user, no big deal. But problem... Read more

A:RAID controller kills HDDs?

Could be a defective controller. Only thing I can think of since you posted just about everything else. 99% of people wouldnt notice your issue because raid of any kind is rarely used. Even for system builders.

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So I previously had two hard drives (WD5000AAKS) on SATA-0 and 1, set to RAID 0. I had them replaced and I'm adding two additional matching HDDs, and I'd like to configure all four of them to RAID 5.

Here are my questions:

After installing the two new drives, how do I locate which ports they are now on?
- I looked in the System Setup under Drives, and I see the two on SATA - 0 & 1 with RAID On.
- I see the DVD-Rom on SATA-2, and DVD RW on SATA-3
- Ports SATA-4,5, PATA-0,1, and SMART Reporting are off

Once the ports are located, how do I go about setting up the RAID 5?
- I have a basic understanding, but I just want to be sure I'm not skipping any steps.

This is a Dell Dimension XPS 710 H2C running Windows XP Media.

All four drives are clear at the moment.

Thanks in advance for any help.

A:How do configure 2 additional HDDS & set on RAID 5?

Problem solved.


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I just finished a new build and put in 3 WD Black 640GB drives in a RAID 5 config. After about 20hrs of runtime the system indicated a drive failure. Intel Matrix Manager confirmed this so I contacted WD support about getting an RMA. The tech wrote back that these drives and any WD consumer grade drives are not suitable for RAID; here is a quote from the tech:

"The Caviar Black are not RAID edition drives. If you install and use a desktop edition hard drive connected to a RAID controller, the drive may not work correctly. This is caused by the normal error recovery procedure that a desktop edition hard drive uses."

My question to the forum is, am I unable to keep this setup? WD seems to be telling me that. Now I wonder if I will have to redo my system completely and set up 3 individual drives.

Any advice welcome.

Thanks. Bob

A:WD Black HDDs - Not RAID Compatiable????

I could imagine that officially most consumer HDD manufacturers claim not to suppport RAID and try to sell you enterprise solutions. I have two 750 GB Black Caviar in RAID 1 with no problems. But that doesn't mean much since RAID 1 doesn't strip any data and each HDD "doesn't really know" that it is RAID.

Since Black Caviar is a performance HDD, I would have hoped for some more performance support, like RAID.

Maybe this issue becomes obsolete with SSD used for C: and the HDDs only need RAID 1 for storage anyway.

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I have a workstation that has 4x 300BG hard drives i'm trying to create a RAID 10 system out of.

I have assembled everything in an imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/U7hAI

I run into a problem (picture #s 9 -->8 -->7, in the order the screens appear as you press enter). The drives as they are connected don't seem to be recognized in the first place? And this means I can't configure RAID 10.

I would really appreciate it if someone could take a look and point out any glaring errors or at least offer some advice to troubleshoot this further. Pictures 1-3 show how the connections are arranged. The hard drives are connected to the RAID controller by a Discrete SATA to SFF-8087 Mini SAS Reverse breakout cable. The disk drive is connected directly to the motherboard. All parts are HP so hardware compatibility is not something i'm considering to be an issue.

Thank you a ton in advance! I'll keep up with replies as soon as possible. If there's any other information necessary I will provide edits of course.

Also, as requested- here are the applicable pictures:











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Hi all
I'm looking to move my Win 7 install from a RAID 0 (with two traditional HDs) to a new single SSD.

I've been reading on the forums and it's all made my head spin with a little too much information (some of which is over my head).

So, I thought I'd start this post to see if someone could help with some step by step advice.

I have the new SSD installed in the computer and the system can see it fine. (In fact, I installed a trial copy of Win 7 and it boots up fine).

I'm not sure what's the best way for me to proceed. Do I make a disk image of the RAID partition with Acronis and restore it to the SSD?

Any way I can set this up so I can keep my existing program files and installations?

A:How to migrate Win 7 installation from RAID 0 (2HDs) to single SSD?

Make a backup with Acronis but do not copy the partition info.

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Hi I am thinking of using one of our Z820 workstations small VM installation. The device is in use and not at the same site to answer this question: I want to use a PCIe RAID card to connect 4x 2.5" SATA drives. However, from the images i can find of the internals of the Z820, the HDD/SDD rails/slots have the SATA/power connectors at the back. Therefore, how am I able to use a different RAID controller to connect these drives whilst still allowing me to power them? Cheers

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I have had many BSOD pretty infrequently (once a month or so maybe) It is always while running ANSYS finite element program and using the RAID hard drives. (Onboard RAID w 2x Samsung 850 Pro)
It was always 0x8B. I had a suspicion it was the RAID drive SSDs
I disabled caching on that RAID drive, and now it seems I get both 0xB8 and 0xC5.

I uploaded two dump directories.

Also it seems after a crash it will take 10-15 minutes to post. It just sits there with the windows logo. Then when it does come up the RAID drives won't be there. If I restart again it is fast, and the RAID drives will show up.
I've never had a crash under heavy load when the RAID wasn't being used. But I'm not sure if this is the cause or not since it is so infrequent.

I would be eternally grateful for any help!
Thanks in advance.

A:BSOD 0x8B and 0xC5. Usually during heavy load and RAID SSDs

The BSOD was caused by Intel RAID.

BugCheck C5, {fffff8a00457b2a8, 2, 0, fffff80003ffcb15}

*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for iaStorF.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for iaStorF.sys
Probably caused by : Pool_Corruption ( nt!ExDeferredFreePool+249 )

Followup: Pool_corruption
RAID is often problematic. You dont need RAID, apparently; as it is seen in your storage environments. And you have both the Intel and Marvell RAID enabled. Marvell is also problematic, much more than Intel RAID.

The long term solution is to disable RAID, set the storage controllers to AHCI and do a clean install of windows.

But if you dont want to do that right now, try to update Intel RAID driver (IRST). https://downloadcenter.intel.com/

See how it runs stable in coming six months with the updated driver.

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Hello, I have a computer that has 4x 300BG hard drives i'm trying to create a RAID 10 system out of.

I have assembled everything in an imgur album here: http://imgur.com/a/U7hAI

I run into a problem (picture #s 9 -->8 -->7, in the order the screens appear as you press enter). The drives as they are connected don't seem to be recognized in the first place? And this means I can't configure RAID 10.

I would really appreciate it if someone could take a look and point out any glaring errors or at least offer some advice to troubleshoot this further. Pictures 1-3 show how the connections are arranged. The hard drives are connected to the RAID controller by a Discrete SATA to SFF-8087 Mini SAS Reverse breakout cable. The disk drive is connected directly to the motherboard. All parts are HP so hardware compatibility is not something i'm considering to be an issue.

Thank you a ton in advance! I'll keep up with replies as soon as possible. If there's any other information necessary I will provide edits of course.

Also, as requested- here are the applicable pictures:











A:Solved: Creating a RAID 10 array on 4 hdds

Post any pics here; most people do not want to click on an unknown link.

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How do I get a larger hdd into a raid 1 computer? On a computer with a 320gb hdd I want to make it to a 2tb hdd. It is in Raid 1 so do I just add a hdd and let it rebuild and then when that is done add the other 2tb hdd and let it rebuild thus now having a 2tb machine? I have never done this so can anyone help me out? Thanks.

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I'm hoping someone here can help. I'm very new to Raid, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance here. I'm using an HP pavilion p6210Y with 2x 2TB, WD Caviar Green's trying to set up a raid 1 array. I've reached the Nvidia raid array setup utility, and it appears I have successfully loaded the raid drivers.
After doing this, I inserted my Windows 7 x64 home premium install disc, and it sat on "Detecting storage devices...". After a few minutes of this, I was presented with an Error stating "No disks reserved for raid use, raid disabled." Then shortly after, switches to a message stating: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."
I'm now unable to reach the Nvidia Raid setup, and unable to load the windows disc.

I'm certain the CD drive is good, as it works fine in another computer.
Mediashield ROM BIOS RPT
Copyright (C) 2009 NVIDIA Corp.
If someone would know what to do from here, please share your knowledge.

A:no disks reserved for raid use Raid disabled - Raid 1

Do you have Windows on the drive now? How did you load the drivers? Drivers won't function without an operating system, so I'm a little confused about exactly what you did.

How did you run the setup utility? Does your machine support hardware RAID or are you using software RAID? Are there RAID settings in BIOS?

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Can anyone tell me how to set up up raid on a8n-sli premium mobo...socket 939 amd 4000 with2 x wd 250gb hdds

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Been dealing with a dozen different issues to get my new PC working. I'm finally just giving in to repairing Windows XP. However, my Windows XP installation that I want to repair and use is on a SATA RAID. Just 2 HDDs. Despite my motherboard recognizing the healthy RAID, the Windows XP install doesn't.

Of course, I figure it's because it needs the whole F6 + floppy disk thing with SATA and RAID drivers. Well wonderful, because I can't make the floppy because the only PC I can make the floppy with... is the one I'm trying to put Windows XP on. To make matters worse, XFX decided to make it impossible to simply access the SATA and RAID drivers, they need to be directly written to a floppy.

Solution? Virtual floppy disk drive. Ran the "Create RAID Drivers Disk" option on the XFX Driver CD. Transferred the drivers out of the virtual floppy disk. Used nLite to integrate the drivers into a new Windows XP install disc, based off of the one that came with my HP Laptop through my college. Viola, no longer need the F6 + Floppy Disk step.

Except I still get "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.". What the bloody hell? Was that not the entire point of the driver integration?

Motherboard is XFX GeForce 8200. Two 150GB SATA drives in RAID 0 connected. OS is Windows XP SP 2. Motherboard recognizes the RAID but Windows XP SP 2 installer doesn't despite slipstream integration of drivers with nLite.

A:Slipstreamed SATA/RAID Drivers on Installation - Setup fails to find HDDs

Well, more wonderful news. Used a public PC to make the RAID disk, since the slipstreamed CD is being a POS. Tried the original CD *and* the slipstreamed CD: Press F6, press S, press enter. Says "Please wait..." then it returns to the previous screen... so I press enter again. Same thing. Thought maybe the diskette was FUBAR. So I used a blank one and it responded with not finding a "txtsetupOEM" or some such, which is good, because that's true. Except that means it's clearly finding it on the RAID diskette but it chooses to be a ***** and not do anything more than that.

So this is bloody pissing me off because I haven't had a single thing succeed here. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them, because I'm 100% out of ideas.

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Hi there
Yesterday my computer was shut down when I returned home.  I may have lost power but I am connected to a UPS that should have kept me safe from any surges.  Turning the computer on, my RAID5 drive (drive letter M) is gone and a mysterious new drive
has appeared, labeled as drive E, also showing as a RAW drive. In disk management, I can see that drive M is its normal size, 11177.94GB.  I am using 4x4TB drives.  Intel Rapid Storage Technologhe shows all four
drives as healthy and functional.  Drive E shows in Disk Management the same as Drive M, and I have no idea how it ended up there and what I should do with it.  My C drive shows up and works normally, where I have my OS and programs installed.
Not sure where to start, but hoping it is just an issue with the MBR?  

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1022 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 250003 MB, Free - 225853 MB; D: Total - 226925 MB, Free - 226852 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc. , 0U7077, , ..CN481114B601BJ.
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
Originally every 2 - 3 mos., now every 2 - 3 wks. during windows startup I get a blue screen "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer"

I disconnect power, wait a couple of minutes and restart. It restarts normally, then I get "The system has recovered from a serious error - please tell Microsoft". I send error report.

Windows error reporting responds "Download and install driver for RAID controller from Intel website".

I follow the link and download iata_env.exe but when I try to run it I get "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software". This doesn't surprise me since I do not have a RAID controller on this system.

My question is - how do I stop Windows from looking for RAID drivers to load at startup? There is no RAID controller listed in Device Manager so I can't disable it there.

This started some months after I upgraded some Intel drivers (about 2 yrs ago) but... Read more

A:BSOD when windows tries to load RAID driver on system with no RAID<input type=

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Yesterday I woke up to find my computer had bluescreened overnight. scsiport.sys was in the bsod message, and the stop error code was 7a.


(Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
A page of kernel data was not found in the pagefile and could not be read into memory. This might be due to incompatible disk or controller drivers, firmware, or hardware.

* Windows NT 4.0 Setup Troubleshooting Guide {KB 126690} NT 4 (Recommendations for the current error message are buried down inside this article, which isnít necessarily limited to NT 4.)
* Connecting a Hard Disk Drive in Slave Only Mode Leads to System Halt During Resume From Standby {KB 330100} Win XP SP1 (Windows installed on a slave drive.)
* BIOS Manufacturers Should Not Clear the IDE Decode Enable Bit in _STM ACPI Method {KB 913379} Win 2000, Win XP, Server 2003, Vista

via: http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm


The system has preformed fairly flawlessly up to this, save for a CPU fan error which I may have caused in testing (note to self: never detach a system fan while the computer is running JUST to see if the fan readout/warning system works....) and bluescreens a while back because I had both DVD drives set to cable select.

I rebooted several times and the system did not find a bootable drive - it would just hang at the cursor that displays before the XP splash screen appears. Once, my raid utility reported my RAID 0 failed. I have two Seagate 320G... Read more

A:Solved: RAID boot issues - disappearing disk - RAID question

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I've got two identical WD VelociRaptor 1TB Drives.
One has been setup as a storage drive for a long time, and I'm finally getting around to setting the other one up as a RAID 1 mirror.
Both were bought at exactly the same time.
I see this website, showing how to perform the feat on a PowerEdge Server: [https://markmcb.com/2015/07/21/reconfigure-dell-perc-h310-raid-0-to-raid-1/]
But pressing F10 on my system does nothing at all.
Is something like this possible on a Precision T5600? Or is this just a server capability?

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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:?


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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