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 Post subject: Migrate Raid 1 drive to SSD
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:36 pm 
8086
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I have an older desktop with an ASUS P6T Deluxe mobo, Intel i7-950 CPU, and 2 500GB HDDs in Raid 1 Config. Approx. 76 GB is being used. My OS is Win 8.1 Pro. I would like to migrate my OS and programs to a new 256GB SSD. None of the info I have found discusses Raid drives. Are the any special issue that I need to address, or can I simply clone my Raid 1 HDD and reinstall on the SSD as if the source drive was a single HDD?


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 Post subject: Re: Migrate Raid 1 drive to SSD
PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:42 pm 
Smithfield
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I believe Windows and pretty much everything else sees the RAID 1 setup as a logical volume... so it doesn't really know any better that it's one hard drive or two. Anyway, once you have the SSD, you'll need to do the following:

  1. Install the SSD in the computer and boot. Make sure it's recognized and such
  2. Go to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Local
  3. On the SSD, create a 200MB NTFS partition with the label S:\
  4. Right click on the S:\ partition and mark the SSD as "Active"
  5. Clone the Windows partition into the SSD. Use a tool like Arconis Disk Image or EASUS Partition Wizard. Some programs may be okay with the partition capable of storing more than the SSD, as long as the used disk space is smaller than what's left on the SSD. Otherwise you'll have to shrink it (you can use the same tool to do so)
  6. Open a command prompt as an administrator
  7. Execute the following command:
    Code:
    Bcdboot D:\Windows /s S:

    This is assuming D:\Windows is the Windows partition on the SSD.
  8. Boot from the SSD.


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 Post subject: Re: Migrate Raid 1 drive to SSD
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:33 pm 
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Thanks for the reply. I appreciate the advice. I'll give it a try.


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