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Thread: Creating RAID 0 on exsiting Vista OS




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    Default Creating RAID 0 on exsiting Vista OS

    I just built a computer a couple months ago. I have a EVGA X58 MB, and bought a single 300 gig Raptor initially. I am running Windows Vista 64 on that drive. I have since bought another Raptor and a 500 gig back up drive (7200rpm Seagate). What I want to do is raid the two raptors as the main boot drive and use the 500 for backup. Can this be done without reinstalling? I've researched quite a bit but I'm still not sure. My idea was to clone the existing Raptor onto the 500 gig, then format the two Raptors in Raid, and then re-clone(?) the raptors as the main drive. Anyone know if this will work? Lastly, for now, if this is possible, is the Windows backup program good enough for this purpose? Any input is appreciated.

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    Default Re: Creating RAID 0 on exsiting Vista OS

    Short Answer is Umm No. It doesnt work very well. You see Windows need to have the RAID Drivers installed to work with a RAID setup. I wanted to do exactly what you have done however it didnt happen. Basically the best thing to do is back up your stuff you wanna keep onto the seagate and do a fresh install on your sick Raptor RAID. Windows Backup?? Pft. Its not going to clone anything I dont think. Acronis True Image Home is great for cloning drives.
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    Default Re: Creating RAID 0 on exsiting Vista OS

    Quote Originally Posted by NimrodAUS View Post
    Short Answer is Umm No. It doesnt work very well. You see Windows need to have the RAID Drivers installed to work with a RAID setup. I wanted to do exactly what you have done however it didnt happen. Basically the best thing to do is back up your stuff you wanna keep onto the seagate and do a fresh install on your sick Raptor RAID. Windows Backup?? Pft. Its not going to clone anything I dont think. Acronis True Image Home is great for cloning drives.
    That's what I was afraid of.

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    Default Re: Creating RAID 0 on exsiting Vista OS

    Yeah Dude it sucks, I know. It really is easier and quicker to reinstall all your apps and stuff. Sorry for the bad news. Let us know how you go. If you google hard you will find that some people claim that they have done it but its not very good or ideal they approch they have taken.
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    Gigabyte ODIN GT 800Watt PSU
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    Noctua NH-U12P + AS5
    G.Skill 2X2GB F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK
    2 X ATI Radeon HD4850 512MB (Crossfired)
    Dell Ultrasharp 2209WA IPS
    2 X 1TB Seagate 7200.11 in RAID 1
    Pioneer DVR216 SATA DVD MultiDrive
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 RC1 (Build 7232)
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