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    Default RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    Theres nothing like some unusual Hard Drive Noises to make you think about backing up and Redundancies. Ive decided to go with a RAID 1 Setup.

    Now I know little about RAID as Ive never used it. But I have spent all night researching it on the web and it sounds easy enough. However I want to push the envolope a little. To make life much easier Id like it if I could image the drive Ive got already from a non RAID setup to a RAID 1 Setup. I have Norton Ghost 14 which I think will do a pretty good "image" of my drive.

    So Basically, I would like to have an "Image" of my 750GB single drive, Vista basic 32bit working on a new RAID one set up with 2 X 1TB Drives. Is this Possible?

    If not then I guess Ill just have to do a full fresh install, which will be such a pain cause its taken me ages to get this system working the way I want it. Currently the drive I want to move to RAID 1 has 401GB of info on it.

    I know there are some super brainy people on this forum, and im sure there is a option. Also I did read somewere that in the RAID bios menu there is an option to build an Array from existing data. I would want to use the ICH9 controlller Id imagine.

    Any input would be most appreciated.
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    Default Re: RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    A Normal Ghost image would not work because you would not have the RAID Driver installed. Unless Norton Ghost now allows you to add drivers in while you mirror a file back to the drives, I know it did not last time I used it.

    What would work like that though is Acronis's program True Image Echo Workstation, with the Plugin Called Universal Restore (Google Can help, I cannot here) >>

    Acronis Plugin Universal Restore for True Image Echo Workstation
    Remote backup and restore of several PCs or even an office network - Acronis backup software

    Plugin
    Acronis Universal Restore system - backup and disaster recovery plan template for Windows XP and other OSes

    As for Building from existing data I am not sure how that works as I use RAID 0 myself, hopefully some RAID 1 users will chime in to help you out. In the Meantime this may help you, here is the Manual for the Intel RAID ROM and Matrix Storage Manager >>
    Intel® Matrix Storage Manager - User's Manual


    Clean install would be easy if you end up going that route.
    1. Connect RAID 1 Drives to port 0 and 1 (Yellow)
    2. Set RAID in the BIOS >>>

    Integrated Peripherals

    SATA RAID/AHCI Mode (Intel ICH10R Southbridge) ............. RAID
    SATA Port0-3 Native Mode ................................... Enabled (or Disabled, both will work)
    3. Reboot to Intel RAID Rom (Control + I at Bootup)
    4. Create RAID 1 Array
    5. Install Vista and Install RAID Driver Via USB When option is given (Yes, even though you see your disk, install RAID Driver anyway from Intel)

    6.Enjoy

    Ohh Almost forgot, if your drives are making noise you should start saving for new ones now before you run out of time. Or RMA those you have

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    Mate, I can always count on you for a speedy response, and dont worry I have got a pretty good back up resiem going on, I will just loose some new downloads (video) nothing Mission Critical, but it wouldnt be a nice feeling anyway. Also the second 1TB drive is as of tonight in the mail. I went with another ST31000333AS drive as I only just got one at christmas time for my new comp. Ill just use the 750gb in my dell as a gimp drive later on. I probably will go with a Fresh install as it would be a nice thing to do. Id be just waiting for microsoft to send the police over to kick down my door with the amount of times Ive activated my Office 2003 pro. lol. Oh well this will give me something to think about tonight. Thanks LSD
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    Default Re: RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    Well I used to be able to reply MUCH Faster, before P45 came out, plus the forum has been growing I think. Now I am behind almost everday for sure!

    Well good luck once you get your drive delivered. Ya I would go for a clean install as well, your system will thank you.

    I think you can Backup that office activation with TweakVI >>
    Totalidea Software :: Downloads :: Tweak Windows Vista - Vista Tweaks - TweakVI - Tweak-VI - Tweak-Vista - TweakVista - TweakXP - Tweak-XP - Tweak XP - TweakUI - Outlook Backup - Outlook Notes - FireTune

    Or do so manually as listed by this user (yes it is correct, and you need all 3 [OPA11.BAK/OPA11.dat/Data.dat] files he mentioned) >>>
    http://forums.tweaktown.com/f34/back...-xp-pro-20279/

    Also see here for Reg Key info incase needed (Not sure)
    http://forums.vr-zone.com/software-s...ctivation.html

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    Im Leaning towards a fresh install. I dont like mucking with deep settings much Id rather everything just work. I tell ya have you ever used one of those Belkin easy transfer usb dongle things. Maybe that will help me? I dont know how it goes from Vista to Vista but from XP to Vista it moves your emails and everything. just takes half the day.
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    Default Re: RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    Clean Install is always nice anyway!

    No, I have not but I have looked at getting one before. Are the nice to use, aside from the transfer rate?

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    Yeah mate they are as easy as it gets. Basically all i did was put the CD in the XP machine it ran a little program, then I plugged it into both machines and within a few seconds on both machine the program started to run, which looked very Genuine Windows like (vista style window so xp machine) and basically you can select what you want to transfer add stuff that isnt in the usually document locations or just do it all. Im not really sure about what happened with the office as the new Tosiba had Office 2007 preinstalled (30 Trial) and then also student and teacher 2007 installed so it was all crazy and I just cleared all office and started again. But yeah Easy, SLOW, (Im talking about, I went for a helicopter ride ((my first time)) and came back and it was like 1/4 way) oh but something to add was the old machine was only USB 1 so that probably had a lot to do with it.
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    Default Re: RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    Thanks for the info! Ya, I bet USB 1.0/1.1 had alot to do with it. I plan to pickup a set of these so I will let you know once I do and how it transfers on USB 2.0

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    I got my 2nd ST3100033AS 1TB Seagate today. Just running Seatools on it to make sure its sweet. It has a different Firmware then the other one and I cant seem to get this Later Firmware for the old one. Will this Affect My RAID abilities do you think?? I have updated my "old" drive to the fixed fireware as it was originally effected by a problem. I cant wait to get my new HD4850 I seriously think my 8800GT is about to take a ****e on me as no matter what OS fresh installes what drivers from original all the way through to new is still crashes on Fallout 3 And Now even Crysis and ARMA: Armed Assault with some NVDM... bla bla has stopped responding and suxcussfully recovered. Windows 7 this feature is **** as nothing actually does recover but in vista is works but the constant black screens always happen A) When flying a helicopter, B)Under Heavy fire or C)Trying to land a jet ((Arma)) all of which result in death which is annoying. So bring on the ATI im confident that it will fix my problem.
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    Default Re: RAID 1 On GA-X48-DS5

    I would think it may actually, firmware often makes a larger difference in speed then one notices, but sometimes not. Benchmark them both before you use them as RAID and see if they are close.

    What firmware is it you need and I may be able to find it for you? Here is the latest ones for problematic drives >>>Seagate Knowledge Base

    But like I said, if you need something specific and understand the risks let me know and I can likely get you the firmware you want

    I agree, ATI here and never a issue

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