Converting to RAID 0 without losing data ?

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  1. Hully333

    Hully333 Notebook Enthusiast

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    OK, i have 2 identical 500GB SSD's 1 is currently the C drive and has windows on it. I installed the second disk a while back but booting into the RAID setup i see that its not possible to retain the data converting to RAID 0, all will be lost and that cant happen. I use macrium reflect and do have images on a third 1TB drive, but i am not sure how to acheive my goal of RAID 0 and not losing data, or restoring an image after the formatting. Of course macrium will no longer exist so i am not sure how to proceed.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    I am thinking here..... while using Macrium;
    step 1 FORMAT the HDD E:
    step 2 Clone an Image of the current windows (SSD C) onto the HDD (DRIVE E)
    step 3 reboot and boot from E: to make sure windows is working.
    step 4 reboot again and RAID 0 the 2 SSD's then boot into E
    step 5 Clone an Image of E: onto C: RAID 0
    step 6 Boot from C (RAID 0) once again
    step 7 format E:

    long winded, but could work, anyone see any issues or have a much smarter way of doing it ?

    Looking at creating bootable media using Macrium, create an ISO and then restore after RAID 0 implementation.
     
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  2. Azther

    Azther Notebook Consultant

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    you can create a rescue media with macrium onto a flash drive, that way you can simply image ur C drive, boot from the flash drive and restore said image onto ur new setup. However, i personally dont use/never have used Raid in any of my machines (i prefer the extra storage over speed). Maybe someone whos more experienced with it can chime in
     
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    Hully333 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I opted for using Macrium on an external drive to boot from with an image from my spare HDD freshly created. Then converted to RAID 0 and restored. To many issues using windows repair disks and windows repair drive, creating a bootable CD kept failing. The macrium way was completely painless.
     
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    ah nice, least it worked out in the end
     
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