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

Question: 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

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Answer: 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?

Answer: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

Answer: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.

Answer: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

Answer: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!
 

Answer:Adding a bigger drive to RAID 1 mirror

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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

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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I dunno if this question has been asked before, I've looked through as much of the forum as I could, so here it is...

I have recently bought a Gigabyte K8N Ultra 9 939 motherboard and want to install a single WD 160 gig sata hard drive with windows XP. I have tried to do this but haven't been able to get the drive to be detected. The board has two sets of sata controllers, nForce4 and Sil. I've read that alot of people are having issues with this board, but haven't been able to find a definitive solution to the problem. Checked the Gigabyte site FAQ too. Does anyone have a tried and true way, from bios settings to final windows boot, that will work.

Answer:Single Hard Drive Sata install for Gigabyte K8N

Well, I have that board - and its a dream.

I am assuming you are trying to install XP on it, but I need more information.

If you are, you need the floppy that came with it for the SATA/SCSI drivers for the mobo. When you start the XP Install CD you have to hit F6, and put the floppy in, and follow the prompts of loading SATA drivers.

And btw, for me it doesn't matter which SATA connector I am using.

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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.

Answer: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
 

Answer: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?
 

Answer: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

Answer: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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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

Answer:Single drive with RAID?

antares said:

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



Everything you need to know about NVMe, the insanely fast future for SSDs | PCWorld





Enthusiasts will want to take a hard look at Intel?s 750. Most recent high-end motherboards will get firmware upgrades to support NVMe so you can boot from the drive. Most legacy mainstream boards will probably not. But our talks with Intel and other vendors indicate that the flood gates have opened, and you should see a torrent of NVMe support later in the year.

Until then, there are viable ways around your PC?s storage bottleneck, if indeed you consider 500MBps a bottleneck.
One is RAID 0.
While a single SATA port is limited to 600Gbps, combining four makes for 2.4GBps of bandwidth.
In real life, the DMI bus behind the SATA throttles this to 2GBps, and SATA/RAID overhead reduces that to about 1.4GBps, but it?s still a hefty improvement.

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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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Answer: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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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
 

Answer:Raid 0 vs. Single Hard Drive

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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.
 

Answer: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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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.
 

Answer: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 want to clone my entire Windows XP installation from my two SATA HDDs on to a single IDE HDD

Will there be any problems with the boot sector?

Any geeks know how to change the boot sector so it will work?

EDIT: I just tried booting it: NTLDR is missing

How can I repair the boot sector?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Cloning (RAID 0 to single IDE HDD)

I've put ntdlr on there but it's now saying hal32.dll is missing...

*gives up*
 

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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.

Answer: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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Hello,
I made an image of the OS and all the goodies from my Raid0 array. My question is : will i have a problem ghosting this in to the same setup but minus the raid0 array ?
 

Answer:Ghost 10 Raid 0 Image to single drive

Most likely yes, unless you run Sysprep (Directions are in the sitcky for upgrading to a new motherboard).
 

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hi
i moved OS XP from raid 0 80x2 sata (capacity 128gb but use only 30gb) to 160 sata (destination capacity 40gb) using norton ghost(dos mode) but it doesn't work. i chose partition to partition (not partition to image), ghost completed. can't run window(already try to use single drive).

then, i tried Acronis True Image 9.1.3718 Enterprise Server(which has function to choose Active or Logical when restore), clone OS to image file and restore to destination. it seem ok, can run until the blue title and minibox tab running then blue screen appeared. something like 0x0000007B (0xf79f7524......)

i heard that ghost work with raid but i don't know why it doesn't work woth mine. is it because of the source is 128gb(using 30gb) and destination is 40gb?

can someone help me to move this OS
 

Answer:problem move OS XP from raid 0 to new single drive

Download the latest trial version of Acronis True Image standard edition (or use the version you have).

Use that to make a backup of your current 30Gb OS within your 128Gb RAID 0 setup.

Use ATI to make a boot CD.

Assuming you have both your RAID 0 setup and your 160Gb SATA drive with it's 40Gb partition connected at the same time, you should be able to boot from the ATI CD and copy your backup file to your 40Gb partition.

Then disconnect your RAID 0 disks, make the 160Gb hard disk the priority boot within BIOS and you should be Ok.

If it works for you, you may consider purchasing Acronis True Image, it's good software, though it won't actually restore to a RAID 0 setup (although it will backup from one).
 

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There are documented cases where data has been retrieved from a single drive, even after it has been wiped. This is why in our company our PC drives are destroyed. I've not heard of an instance where someone was able to recover data from a single drive of a RAID5 array. If this is possible, please let me know and we can develop a procedure to protect our data.

Thanks.

Chris
 

Answer:Recover data from single drive of a RAID 5? Myth???

Not possible.
 

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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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Answer: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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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 ... Read more

Answer:Challenge changing from RAID 0 back to single drive

have you entered bios setup and switched off the raid stuff
 

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Out of my comfort zone here a bit. Custom built gaming PC Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit. No boot, checks reveal dead HDD. Installed new one. Tried to install Vista with the disk provided. Very slow to go through initial stages (10 mins sometimes before screen changes). Eventually reach the page where the drive is selected. Says no drive, click to install drivers.
I have the original Gigabyte disk, which has a boot folder with drivers for Intel and Gigabyte SATA drivers. No matter which 64bit ones I try, non of them are shown as 'compatible with the hardware on this computer'. Tried downloading from the Gigabyte website with same result. Any bright ideas would be welcome!

Answer:Vista Reinstall - No drive / drivers for SATA HDD (Gigabyte GA EX58 - UD3R)

Looking in the BIOS Integrated Peripherals, On Board SAT/IDE device is Enabled and Ctrl Mode is set to IDE.
I also not that in Advanced BIOS HD Boot Priority only has Bootable Add-In Cards.???

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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.

Answer: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!
 

Answer:Backup single file to External drive

What happens? Is the file in use?
 

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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?
 

Answer:Vista -Single Hard Drive backup?

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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!
 

Answer: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

Answer: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!

Answer: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.

Answer: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
 

Answer: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
 

Answer: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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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)   

Answer: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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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

Answer: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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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!
 

Answer: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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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!

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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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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I have just set up a mirror drive(software RAID1) and want to change the drive letter. I am getting a message "The parameter is incorrect". I am wondering if I am stuck with the one assigned when the mirror drive was set up.

Answer:How to change drive letter of mirror drive

If this is the system drive C: then I don't believe you can change it. If it is another drive, make sure it is not in use and that your paging (swap) file is not located there.

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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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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.
 

Answer:RAID question - adding a drive later

Bump!
 

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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

Answer: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'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
 

Answer: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.

Answer:Reformatting hard drive, RAID question

Anyone?

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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!

Answer: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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OK.. So, what would benefit me more? Two GIGABYTE GV-R927OC-2GD Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 Crossfired together OR one GIGABYTE GV-N770OC-4GD GeForce GTX 770 4GB 256-bit GDDR5. It's my first build and have been running one R9 270 OC GPU and I get 50-80fps on ultra.. The R9 card is 256bit 2GB DDR5 and the nvidia 770 is 256bit 4GB DDR5 (770 has higher MHz as well).. Which setup would yield a better image and higher fps?

--Side Question: If I would Crossfire there would be 1 PCI slot between the two cards on default cooling. Liquid cooling is only on the CPU with the H100i. Right now my current GPU doesn't go over 111F (44C), would the second GPU that close to the other cause a drastic increase in temps? Also the second GPU would be rather close to my PSU, but the PSU is upside down with its fan on the outside of the case so no additional heat from the PSU..

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Hi,

I've got a complete Drive Image [ver 7] of my XP Pro SP2 OS backed up onto a DVD, verified and am 99% sure it's ok. However, my OS is currently running as J Drive (this happened as I'd installed a Multi Card Reader - they took preference on Drive Letter selection!) so my OS couldn't install as C.

However, I've now removed this card reader. I am about to format my HD and reinstall the Image on the DVD. Will I be able to install it to the usual C Default now or will I have to install it back to J Drive? I'm worried that any Registry settings, Program settings etc from the Image on the dvd will be confused if my OS drive letter is changed.

I've got Partition Magic 8 which has Drive Mapper but I haven't used this - will it help? It looks like it's not really for altering the OS Reg entries, it looks like it's for altering the other partitions and their drive letters.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Any way to stop windows from telling me?

Here is the problem, It has ALWAYS been like this since it was at work (i got this from work today) we didnt notice since it was on an XP machine for about a year.

Its driving me nuts because the drive works fine. Is there any way to stop SMART from giving me this error?

Now for the RAID question.

Will my RAID controller tell me that this drive is failing and make me press F1 every time if i try do a RAID 1?

Thanks Guys

Answer:Hard Drive Errors and a small RAID Question

I don't want to state the obvious but I would take heed of the messages you have received, looks like to me your drive is on the way out.
Steve

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My hard drive is failing the SMART test. I have been receiving errors on startup, so I have ordered a new hard drive. I know how to do a clean install with W7. My question is, isn't there an easier way to get everything from my dying HD over to my new HD?

I really don't want to have to load and update all my software on the new HD.

Suggestions?

Answer:New Hard drive reinstall question.

I also need to know this.

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I am told that there is an easy way to upgrade your old drive ie no reinstalling each and every software.Have a 80 gig hard drive on a t61, Buy a 320 gig new lenovo hard drive (told it can't be the chinese version as wrong sata) put in a special caddy with special software that 'mirrors' the old hard drive. then remove the new hard drive and replace the old hard drive and throw out the old hard drive.  as per pc world. Any one tried this yet. In the past hard drive upgrades depending on which thinkpad required a factory reinstall of the software and reinstall all other software which is a nightmare. This mirroring is supposed to copy bios, partition everything.Any one done this ??J Klein













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Answer:Mirror old drive on new drive and replace

It is possible to clone your old drive into the new one. I would recommend Easeus Disk Copy. It is completely free and easy to use. It clones the entire drive, sector-to-sector, with ease. I've used it on my laptop and was very satisfied.





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My Sony computer that I have had since 2000 or so is store bought and came with windows xp. I believed it had two hard drives in it until earlier this year when I found out it came with one partioned hard drive. I now have two physical HDD and three that appear on my computer. I need to restore my computer and would like to make my partioned drive appear as one. I will have all my backup files on my second physical HDD. If it makes things easier at all I do not have a windows install disc only system restore discs that came with my computer. If this isn't clear enough please ask me to try and clear it up.
 

Answer:Partion Issue - Making a partioned hard drive a single drive in windows

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So, for those of you that use this...

Can I only opt for either a hard disk backup or a file level backup?

I did a hard disk backup, but by appearances... I can't restore files from it. My only option is to restore the entire image, is that correct?

If that's correct, that means the only way I can restore files is just doing file level backups? Which means it won't grab the sector by sector info???

Edit- Mainly the SBS 2008 backup sucks for flexibility. I only want to backup twice per week and its only option is daily, which even includes weekends.
 

Answer:Paragon Drive Backup Question

You can restore individual files from the image....I'm working at a client now where I have their 6 servers backup to a 4TB NAS..all using paragon server backup. Pretty slick product.

On the main program menu, on the toolbar towards the left, click on "Restore Individual Files"..and follow the bouncing ball...
 

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I have a 160 GB hard drive Split into 3 partitions. I would like to set up Windows XP on one partition, install all the drivers and software I need, and basically set it up perfect. Then I'd like to back up everything on the entire partition, about 4 GB of used space.

The idea would be to have about 7 CD's that I can use to set up my computer again quickly the next time I decide to format. I'd also like to duplicate the OS onto another partition, so that I can have one "clean OS" and another "experimental OS" that I can try out suspicious applications on and play around with the registry.

Is this possible? What sort of software is necessary for this? I found out about Norton Ghost through Google, but I'm not sure if it does exactly what I want, specifically, would the image of a 100 GB partition with only 4 GB used still take up 100 GB? Would the image fit onto a smaller 20 GB partition?
 

Answer:Hard drive backup question.

Ghost will do the trick for you. If you only have 4 gig used on a 100 gig partition the the image file would only be 4 gig or less.

I would use a second physical HD to put the image on however, this way if your primary drive should fail you would still have a good image on a second drive. You could even create an image file for all three partitions on the second drive if you wanted.

You might even want to put the system swap file (Paging File) on the second HD. This would help with system performance as well.

John
 

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a primary hard drive backup (c) is easy to backup to a second internal hard drive (d) in windows 8 with iso. if the the primary (c) fails, can one then replace the c drive with the d drive (swap d into c position). will windows then reboot with all files intact?

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I have a Gateway laptop running Vista Home Premium, and my D-backup disc says it is full.What should I do?

Answer:Backup disk drive question

D is not your backup, it's your recovery partition. I shouldn't be touched. Did you pry any files into that partition?

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My friend has a computer that is only around 3 years old but the hdd is making awful clicking noises and is obvisouly on its way out. He bought a new hdd recently and wants me to install the new drive. He however does not wish to install his 50+ applications over again. Is there a way that I can create a mirror image of the drive and load it onto the new one?

Answer:Hard Drive Backup Question

You can try Acronis True Image here is a Google search page for it.http://www.google.com/search?q=Acronis+Tru...:en-US:official

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I recently re-formatted my HD and then re-installed my software, drivers and updates. I thought that now I have got rid of loads of garbage files from my pc, and all software is up to date, that it would be a good idea to back up the whole drive onto CD using NERO 6.My C drive shows about 1.4G of used space and I have now backed up the whole drive onto 3 CD?s using Nero?s drive backup program.My question is for anyone who has done this. If my PC crashed and I had to restore the whole hard drive would I be able to boot using the CD?s produced using Nero or would I have to re-install Windows and then NERO and then use the ?restore? program to re-create my C drive?Also when I backed up my C drive the CD?s were burned at 52 speed. I couldn?t find a way to reduce this speed (I would have like to have burned them at a slower speed to increase reliability). Anyone know how to do this?Hope the above makes sense.RegardsConfab

Answer:Nero 6 Drive Backup Question

neros' disk wont be bootable

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Hello. I'm a brand new Y50-70/Windows 10 owner attempting to back up my system partition to an external hard drive, using OneKey Recovery version 8.1.0.4210. My question: What is meant by the below Note as shown in the User Guide that came with my notebook, and why is this necessary?: "Remove the removable hard disk drive before starting the Lenovo OneKey Recovery System. Otherwise, data from the removable hard disk drive might be lost." The same Note also appears here, for example: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/HT077084 I understand I need to pre-create a folder on the external drive for the system partition backup, as a moderator advised on another thread. At what point in the backup process should I connect the USB drive to the notebook, so I don't lose other document backup files on the external drive, as the above Note suggests might happen. (There is insufficient space on my SSD (D) drive to store the backup, hence the external drive.) Thank you.





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Answer:Y50-70 OneKey Backup to External Drive Question

Did'nt have that statement in an older model with OKR 8 and have not experience such a situation being described. So imo the best person that can answer your query are the tech support people of Lenovo. Why not give them a call?

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Hey so this is a pretty basic question.
But lately my computer has been running a bit slower and I notice typical tasks are taking a bit longer.
I intend to format my hard drive and make it run like new.

First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

Answer:Question about formatting a drive and using a backup to restore.

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Quote: Originally Posted by briantheman890


First question: I got my computer factory built, but I built a new computer myself last year. I used my old HD from the factory comp (because it had an OS on it) so I don't have a windows 7 disk, but I have a CD key. Is there a way to get a windows 7 CD/install without buying one?

Did the factory built PC came with an OEM Windows installation and you moved that hard drive to the home-built PC, which had a different motherboard?

Is the Windows installation on the home-built PC with the old HD currently activated?

Do you mean a 25 character Product Key when you say "CD key"?

Does that Product Key come from a sticker on the factory-built PC, or from a disk of some type, or what?

Second question: I am hoping to format the drive, then use an old backup to restore my computer. Now this is my question (and I am 99.9% sure I know the answer) if I were to restore from a backup after formatting would it still have the slowed down performance?

A restoration from an old backup will contain whatever defects were on the C drive when you made the backup.
What recommendations would you guys make? What could improve performance without having to format?

You could have fixable problems that cause a slowdown, but a clean installation is preferable if you are willing to do it and have the appropriate Windows license and an installation disk.

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All:I am trying to include the entire contents of the C drive minus the program files, and windows folder in my capture data task sequence..It seems to be including just the "typical" file extensions, txt, doc, xls, etc... Could someone assist me on this one?Here's the code I have below in my "miguserspecial.xml" file






<!--Thiscomponentmigratesuserfileswithknownextension-->

<componenttype="Documents"context="System">

<displayName_locID="miguser.userdata">UserData</displayName>

<rolerole="Data">

<rules>

<include>

<objectSet>

<!--<script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns("*[*.*]","Fixed")</script>-->

<patterntype="File">C:\*[*]</pattern>



</objectSet>

</include>

<exclude>

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.

thanks

baumgrenze

Answer:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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I have a most likly silly question about hard drive backing up.
I am triple booting Mac os X, xp, and linux and i want to start backing up many hard drive so if somethihng gets messed up (like any one of my os's or i lose important music) i can just reload it instead of reloading everything the long way.

I have a 160GB hard drive that i just put in my macbook pro... so i have a 80gig hard drive i am going to use as my backup drive once i get a external enclosure. My question is... to bakcup a hard drive i assume you need the same amount of space that you are backing up?? How's backups work if you have a 160gb hard drive and a 80gig hard drive... i am not sure if backing up hard drive compresses the hard drive or anything... as well obviously (well maybe not obviously) i don't have my full 160gig full but i probably have close to 80 or a little over at the moment, but it will be full eventually haha.

So yea, would backing up a 160gig hard drive work if i'm diong it onto a 80gig hard drive?
 

Answer:Silly question about how hard drive backup works

Depends on the software and method you use to backup with. most backup methods include compression to lower the size. Text files compress to a much smaller size usually. JPGs, Zips and other precompresssed files don't compress as well.

Backup's have a terminology all their own. For example a "Full backup" usually means a complete copy of all your data. In this sense data usually refers to data files like documents, movies, MP3s etc. NOT the OS files, and usually not applications like Word, Firefox etc. Backups like this normally need you to tell them what data to backup.

You also have to decide how to deal with how many sets you want to keep. Do you want last weeks backup and this weeks? or just one copy. One copy means if something is wrong with the data you backup your backup has the same flaw. If you keep a week or twos backups you can "go back in time" and hopefully find a good version of the file(s) effected. Saving multiple sets can have your backups taking many times the space of the working set of data, depending on how effective your compression is.

If you want to avoid reloading your OS's you probably want to look at Imaging. Imaging makes a full copy of everything on your hard drive OS, Apps and all. I don't know how you have your OSs setup. Assuming they are each on their own partition you could make a separate image of each partition and save those to recover the OSs independently. I suggest Acronis for most people. Its ... Read more

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Question: Mirror Drive

Today I noticed an extra drive under My Computer. After some investigation it turns out that the drive is a Mirror of one of my usb drives. I tested this by creating a txt doc on the drive and it shows up on the mirror. I also tried it the other way (create a txt file on the mirror) and it also shows up.

How do I get rid of it?

I have been searching around a bit. Tried Mountvol. It will get rid of it but the mirror pops back up when I reboot.

I recently hooked up this drive to my Dish DVR but the drive goes to sleep and the DVR doesnt like that so I put it back on my computer. I deleted the partitons and rebuilt the drive with vista. I think this is the problem but fdisk /mbr does not work under vista.

There may be something that I am completely forgetting and being stupid about but I cant figure it out.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

PhatMatt
 

Answer:Mirror Drive

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My old self build computer has come to the end of its useful life and is not worth upgrading so I have now ordered an Acer Aspire M3802 with 2 x 1TB SATA HDDs. I doubt if I will ever use all of that memory and think it would be a good idea to use one hdd as a mirror. The computer will come with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed but I understand that I will need Professional to run Raid. Is this true and if so what is the most cost effective way to upgrade?

Answer:Mirror drive

"I doubt if I will ever use all of that memory "You'll be surprised :0)Why don't you use the second drive to store back ups / images of the first using something like Acronis True image?

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Is it possible to mirror the C drive? I have an external HD I want to use and I've created an NTFS partiton on the external drive but when I right click on the C drive or the partition on the external HD it doesn't give me the option to Add Mirror. I'm running 8.1 Pro.

Answer:Mirror the C drive?

Yes. Plenty of software out there to do it. Clonezilla, EaseUS Todo, etc..

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Question: Mirror Drive

Having suffered a hard drive failure and not being able to restore everything from my backup I decided to install an additional hard drive and use a programme to mirror my c:drive.I took a "Test Drive" of XXCLONE and during this test I suffered another hard drive failure (is there a jinx on my machine?) When I switched to the Target Drive I found that everything was there except for the data in Outlook.I have E-mailed XXCLONE, three times, for an explanation but they have not responded.Can anyone recommend another similar programme?

Answer:Mirror Drive

Try Hiren's Boot CD v 8.1 (click here's.BootCD.8.1.iso). It has Norton Ghost on it which is a similar program. It also has loads of other disk and computer utilities that you will find very useful if you need to do other maintainence tasks.

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Question: Mirror Drive

Having suffered a hard drive failure I have installed 2 new identical hard drives in my computer.How do I make one of them a mirror of the other?

Answer:Mirror Drive

Imaging software such as Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, Paragon Exact Image etc, will let you either create a backup "image" of your hard drive, which can be restored to a new drive in the event of failure, or "clone" an existing hard drive.For everyday backup purposes, it is more usual to make regular "image" files, although "clones" would allow you to swap over drives in the event of failure.

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My old hard drive died and I had to get a new one.

On my old drive, I stored a lot of things like word documents on the D drive to save space. When I went to look at the D drive now, it seems like it is a mirror of the C drive.

I'm confused

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

Chip
 

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Or any RAID backup for that matter. Be patient ... I'm new at this.

I have two 1TB Lacie triple interface drives... for video editing...was going to use one for raw footage... then the other for completed edited video.

Ok, so raid0 separates info into blocks for video speed performance on large files...but no backup safety... but if I back up this RAID drive to a normal non-raid external drive ...say a Maxtor 500gb.... how will I restore the info 'blocks' properly to the separate raid disks enclosed in the Lacie Raid drive ... a new one since the old one failed... if the old one failed. Is this making sense? Do I need to backup to another 2disk raid external unit..and how will it know the separation of blocks on the original drive? I guess to summarize... since a RAID external drive does things differently... how do you back it up...the info has been allocated differently....no?

Thanks in advance

While I'm here... a guy told me to use firewire to (raw footage) computer ...usb2.0 from (completed, edited) computer... to avoid firewire 'clog'. Is this true? If so, which would you use for which? Firewire for 'to'... usb for 'from'?? Or reverse.
 

Answer:Raid-0 BackUp question

since a RAID external drive does things differently... how do you back it up...the info has been allocated differently....no?Click to expand...

NO There are multiple LAYERS of 'abstracted' data. Each layer shown here goes from the most abstract (the application) to the most specific (sectors on the raw media)

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[COLOR="Blue"]application[/COLOR]
[COLOR="blue"]records[/COLOR]
[B]filesystem[/B]
clusters
blocks
[COLOR="Red"]sectors[/COLOR]
hd raw media

The RAID-X filesystem is an alternative to the normal NTFS filesystem.
The Application has no idea of what a filesystem is let alone
how to actually read/write the sectors

Than said, any backup program is just another Application when it is creating the backup --
it reads input and writes to the selected backup media
(which may be located (sometimes) anywhere -- even over the Internet).

When performing a Restore, the backup program reads the media and writes
to the Filesystem logical sectors (not physical !)
The RAID-X filesystem will then 'do what is appropriate'

YOUR problem with 2x tb disks as a stripped raid-0 is to have a large enough target media to hold the backup.
While backups 'may be compressed', getting to a 50% compression ratio to hold 2tb on one
backup device is not likely. You will need a backup program which can support swapping
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Hi all,

Was wondering if someone could advise.

Looking to implement a better backup strategy however I'm not sure I can afford a tape drive+tapes.

What does everyone else use here to backup a server?

Would 5 external USB hard drives not be sufficient enough?

Any help appreciated
 

Answer:Win Server Backup Hardware Question - Tape drive or External USB

depends on what youre backing up i guess. i use two 1TB external usb drives and ntbackup which works well for me. im going to be picking up backup exec soon though.

I swap drives every week, so at most my backups will be week old.
 

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Question: Mirror Drive Copy

Is there software that can copy EVERYTHING down to the last file, and can then be used to reinstate the PC to its original condition?Somebody suggested Ghost Drive, but does that really do the trick?geedad

Answer:Mirror Drive Copy

Norton Ghost : Does the job but there have been a lot of issues. Have not used it myself but feedback from the Forums suggests that it is not perfect.Copy Commander :Very simple program. Does what it says. If your needs are simple and you have limited technical capability then this is the one for you. It does not support networked or external drives but it does support IDE and SATA disks and is really simple to use. click hereAcronis True Image :Possibly the most powerful of all disk copy utilities. Early build of v9 had a few major bugs. The latest build seems to have resolved these issues. BUT..... this is not a program for the faint-hearted. If you are technically competent and understand the terminology then go for it. However, the User Guide runs to over 80 pages and you should read it - all of it - before even installing. click here

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Can anyone help me to mirror my hard drive so if one fails i will have the second as backup!!!

Answer:How do i mirror my hard drive????

RAID1 will be a constant mirror (what is on one will be on the other.) I am not sure if you can start doing that one day.

On accessories, system tools you can backup there and do that regularly.

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Question: Mirror image drive

I recently had to replace a faulty hard drive and lost xp and all the software on it. luckily I had images and documents on my second hard drive. So now I want to back up xp etc on to the second HDD and back up images onto the master HDD. Can any one suggest a good program to mirror image from one HDD to another? I have 2 partitions on the master HDD and 4 patitions on the slave. Thanks.

Answer:Mirror image drive

I use Drive Image 2002 which works well, others use Norton Ghost which also works well. There is also a freeware utility called, I think,Xcopy which I have seen mentioned but do nothave experience of.

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Looking for the best app to use to mirror a new clean XP SP3 installation from one internal HD to another. I just spent a day getting my new drive installed with all of the updates and apps I run. I would love to mirror the entire drive (files & OS) to make future recovery easier.

Any suggestions for freeware or otherwise. Thanks ~ Darryl

Answer:Best App to Mirror one internal drive to another?

Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the bestFree alternatives:- Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp (highly recommended)- DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm- SelfImage: http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=N...icle&sid=21- Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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I have a drive that i want to replace and ive hooked up my new drive as a secondary drive... Someone recommened symantec ghost and now i have a corporate version. I just wnat to mirror my c: drive to my d: and then remove my c:. Can someone tell me how to do this becasue ghost is very confusing?
 

Answer:How to mirror a drive in ghost?

Didn't the corporate version come with a manual?
 

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Hi I have never used a flash-drive as yet, or Raid but....Is it possible to copy/save your work on a Laptop hard-drive and have it mirrored onto a flash drive at the same time when saving.I think its possible where you can use raid with a PC or lap-top with two drives, asuming it has raid. but not to sure how or if with a flash-drive.Or is it a matter of using the flash just to make a back up of your work after saving on the main Drive of PC.

Answer:Mirror onto flash-drive?

I think there is backup software for businesses that will backup a server to more than one drive simultaneously, but I've never heard of this on a standalone home computer. But that's not to say it can't be done.I suspect that the solution (if it exists) may be quite expensive. Certainly more costly than just copying your backup files across to a second drive!

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Question: Hard Drive Mirror?

Someone told me that If you get 2 identical hard drives, you can mirror them and have your main one automatically copy everything you do to it onto the second, so that if the first one burns out the mirror (the second HD) will automatically boot and act as the primary until I can replace the old one. Is this true? If so, how would I go about doing it? Its worth an extra 75 bucks for a 320gig drive to save all my stuff in case of a burnout. Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive Mirror?

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What's a good way to create a system that mirrors incremental changes (adds/deletes/modifies) of one of my USB drives to another drive of the exact same size?

I don't want to clone the drive for 12 hours each night, only keep up with what has changed on one of the USB drives.
 

Answer:Mirror incremental changes from one USB drive to another

are you going to be only making changes to one drive, and want them reflected on the other drive?

What operating system are you using?
 

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Hello guys! Hope this isn't too rediculous of a question but here goes...

I'm waiting for a new Dell xps420 with a raid 0 (2x 500GB) set up and I'm afraid I may have made a big mistake. My question is- For back up security, can I just set it up to back up my whole system to an external hard drive? I'd like to back it up whenever necesarry. I like to keep all of my important files on an external anyway, that way if my computer ever got scorched or crashed I'd be OK once I got my system back up. I actually have two externals, one I use to back up the other just in case. I'm not quite sure how I could make this work with the new system being 64bit Vista. I've been reading about people having a hard time backing up a raid 0 system with vista and now I wish I had done a little more research. Time was a factor though as my current system is 6 years old and its on its last leg. I need it to be a reliable backup. Also, can I reboot from a disk with raid 0? I will be using my system for some work/ college and for all around general use. Please let me know when you can. Here's the specs of the new system:

- Intel Core2 processor Q8200 (2.33Ghz 1333FSB) w/Quad Core Tech and 4MB cache 375W Power Supply
- 8GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz - 4X2GB
- ATI Radeon HD3870 512MB GDDR4
- Video ready option w/o monitor HMGA 16A
- Serial ATA II RAID 0 With Dual500GB Hard Drives
- Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
- Dell Dock Consumer
- Micro... Read more

Answer:Raid 0 backup question for new 64-bit Dell

Issues: Backup System vs User Data option.

The User Data option has many advantages:
PRO:including faster to complete and less media (ie: backup storage) required.
CON:the system would need to be made operational (maybe a full install) and all the applications reinstalled too.

System level backups is a farce in my opinion, as most people ASSUME that it is
a trivial matter to 'just restore the backup' and everything will be fine -- WRONG!
The prerequisite to restore is a running system -- and now you're in a catch-22;
you need the system but you're trying to restore the system.

Two products give the ability to properly restore a system-level backup,
Acronis and Ghost. Each allows a boot from CD and then a restore of the backup
over the HD and 'hopefully' creating a bootable HD in the process.

The object of backups is to reduce the lost of data, which means you need to
periodically perform the backup task -- creating multiple backup files.
Clearly, backing up the entire HD is very wasteful in time and media.

My plan would be to take a system image (using Acronis or Ghost) once a year
and then use User Data option to capture the important stuff more frequently.
 

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I have a HP Simple Save external hard drive 1 TB which saved all of the files from my old HP desktop computer which was old an giving me problems suggesting it might crash and burn so I bought a new HP ProDesk 400. Both desk tops had Windows 7 64 bit OS.  I am not a computer savvy person. The Simple Save external hard drive had about 410 GB of data from my old computer on it and about 590 GB of space left on it. My computer person transferred all of my files from my old desktop to the new desktop.  I have used my new HP desktop for about a week before I realized I need to back up new files on it.  I was hoping that I could just plug the HP Simple Save into my new desktop and it would pick up copying only new files from the past week, not the old files it already had saved from my old desktop. However when I ran the back up today on 12/4, an error message came up which said the following: The last back-up did not complete successfully.  I then saw that there is only 87 GB of free space left on the Simple Save and that under today's back-up about 262 GB was used to create a system image and 171 GB went to backup of data.  So my take on this is that the Simple Save did not pick up where it left off from my old desktop and that it is recognizing the new desktop as a separate computer which it is (I was hoping it had the ability to recognize files as already saved and skip them and only copy new files.   Questions: 1) Am I cor... Read more

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HI,

I have 2 1.5TB eSATA USB2 external drives. I want to set them up as a mirror.
My first drive is formatted NTFS with all my data - the second is brand new - no partition.

I select the first drive and select Add Mirror and select disk 2 my new drive.
I get the warning that the drive will be converted to a dynamic drive.... I select OK.
I then get the following error-
"this operation is not supported by the object"

Any ideas???
Thanks
Howard

Answer:Can't add Mirror for 2 x 1.5TB single partition drives

  
Quote: Originally Posted by r11pag


HI,

I have 2 1.5TB eSATA USB2 external drives. I want to set them up as a mirror.
My first drive is formatted NTFS with all my data - the second is brand new - no partition.

I select the first drive and select Add Mirror and select disk 2 my new drive.
I get the warning that the drive will be converted to a dynamic drive.... I select OK.
I then get the following error-
"this operation is not supported by the object"

Any ideas???
Thanks
Howard



Yoou may just need to set up a dynamic partition from the free space
Ken

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Hi,
I currently have a RAID 1+0 set up with a 4 channel pci Raid card, configured into 3 partitions. The C drive partition resides in this RAID. What I want to do is install a seperate hard drive off the primary IDE channel of the motherboard, and use this as my boot/C drive, while keeping the RAID for data and programs. How can I set up the new C drive and ignore what is on the RAID C drive? I have read in some other posts about doing a repair reinstall of XP Pro, but I'm not exactly sure of the process for moving my current settings. Should I remove the RAID card until the new C drive is set up, and just make sure the BIOS is set to look for the motherboard C drive first? Then hook up the RAID again? And how do I get the old settings into the new install of XP? Could I possibly do this by Ghosting my current C drive?

My current C partition is only 5 GB, which is partly why I want to put it on a larger stand-alone drive. Also, this should improve performance overall.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
docbob
 

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