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Raid 0 to Raid 1

By jhenderson ·
I was configuring a raid 1 of the OS drive but mistakenly expanded the current raid 0 instead of mirroring it to the available drive of same make and size as c drive. I will end up with a C: drive twice as big as it used to be and no mirror. I would love some ideas of how I can get the two drives out of the raid 0 and into a raid 1 with the OS and all our current settings intact. I understand I will not be able to just change the configuration from a raid 0 to raid 1. It is an HP ml370 and I now have no empty disk space.

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by wcp In reply to Raid 0 to Raid 1

I offer you two options.

1. Backup data and start from scratch
2. Backup data and use Norton Ghost

No explanation is necessary for Option 1.

It is well worth of considering Option 2.
For this, you need
1. Norton Ghost 2003 (or later version)
2. A spare HD that needs to be ghosted from your C:

Basically you ghost your C: to the spare HD, replace your RAID 0 with RAID 1 and ghost from the spare HD back to C:

According to Norton KB,
1. Norton Ghost does not support software RAID.
2. Norton Ghost 10.0 supports hardware RAID 0, 1, and 5 and Ghost 9.0 RAID 0 and 5.
3. Norton Ghost can be used to ghost Windows NT/2000/2003 Server for backup purpose.

Refer to the following site for more information.

http://tinyurl.com/kxz83 and click on Introduction to cloning a Windows NT, Windows 2000, or Windows XP computer

http://tinyurl.com/brmak Supported RAID levels
http://tinyurl.com/aubeg and click on Supported RAID levels for Norton Save & Restore and Norton Ghost
http://tinyurl.com/jwvm9 Dynamic Disk support in Ghost and LiveState Recovery
http://tinyurl.com/s3bzl Destination drive does not start after performing Norton Ghost 10.0/9.0 Copy My Hard Drive operation

http://tinyurl.com/pvf28 Ghost compatibility with RAID
?Ghost might work in some limited circumstances with hardware level RAID, Symantec does not support using Ghost for cloning hardware level RAID drives. Symantec does not support using Ghost 2003 for cloning hardware level RAID drives.?

I once built a hardware RAID 5 (3 HDs) and tested Norton 2003 (using a Norton Boot Disk) to ghost to a single HD and
1. ghosted back to RAID 5,
2. ghosted to a RAID 1 (after replacing RAID 5 with RAID 1), and
3. ghosted to a RAID 0 (after replacing RAID 5 with RAID 0) without any problems.

Make sure that the source and destination disk sizes match to what they are supposed to be.

If you need more info or help, please add a comment.

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by wcp In reply to

The Windows I installed and tested was Windows XP Pro.

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by Mictlantecuttli In reply to Raid 0 to Raid 1

I would go with WCPs 2nd suggestion, but rather than
using Ghost I highly recommend using a product called Migrate
Easy from Acronis. You can find it here:

It does support RAID and high capacity disks,
automatically resizes your partitions and
reconfigures the boot.ini file. Leaves Ghost

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