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    Default Can I Convert a RAID1 Array To a Single Drive OS Without Formatting or OS Reloading?

    I want to convert my OS RAID1 array to a Single Drive OS system without formatting or OS reloading?

    This is an older system I have about the basement and want one of the drives but need to keep the system as is for backup.

    A Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P mobo with two WD 750GB RE3 drives.
    Win& Pro.
    The Intel Raid ports.

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    Default Re: Can I Convert a RAID1 Array To a Single Drive OS Without Formatting or OS Reloading?

    Anyone?
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    Default How I Migrated an OS RAID1 Array Over To another Single Disc Drive With No Data Loss

    The above Title is for poor souls like me doing a search for this Scenario.

    My System:

    Windows Seven Pro
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P
    HDD's - 2 Western Digital 750GB RE3
    The on board Intel Raid.
    The destination drive, a Western Digital 750GB Caviar Green AACS-00ZJB I had laying about.

    The Ware: Acronis True Image Western Digital Edition from their downloads site.

    Acquire The Acronis Ware.
    Acquire a Hard Drive suitable for the job.
    Shut the system down.
    For the sake of having a backup - Disconnect one of the RAID 1 drives. (I pulled the 2nd in the list of the two. Not sure if it matters)
    Install and connect the Hard Drive you want to become the single OS system disc. (No need to have it formatted Acronis will do this)
    Boot up. If you have the boot screen showing during boot you see the "degraded" message in the RAID status.
    Start up Acronis to the cloning section and I chose the auto or express recommend method over the advanced.
    It will ask you to select the Source and the Destination from the list of what it sees, and for confirmations. Let her rip!
    It will ask you if you want to shut down when complete or something else, I forget but I chose the default choice to shut down.
    When complete (I returned after mowing the yard an hour later and it was shut down) removed the remaining RAID 1 drive. (I did some rearranging of the drive location in the bay and cable routing and moved the SATA cable to a port on the motherboard of my choice)
    Boot up. Done!

    In my case it was like nothing happened. Everything was in place. I also still have my original Raid array intact. But I am doing this to get my hands on the two drives for other purposes.

    You may be able to use one of the Arrays drives by discounting it, then connecting it to another port, booting to see if the array is degraded, letting Acronis do its thing, disconnecting the remaining array drive and booting. But this is for the brave of heart. And I'm not sure it will work. You may need to format the drive some how 1st.

    Good luck.
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    Default Re: Can I Convert a RAID1 Array To a Single Drive OS Without Formatting or OS Reloading?

    Glad you got it. I would have suggested one of the free apps like EaseUS free version.
    I have never had good luck with Acronis, not when I really really needed it to work such as restoring a system image.
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    Default Re: Can I Convert a RAID1 Array To a Single Drive OS Without Formatting or OS Reloading?

    Thanks, Love my RAID1 and GenieSoft BU ware.
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H WB Motherboard
    Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3770K clocked @ 4.5GHz
    16GB Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 2133 RAM
    Water cooling by XSPC RASA RS240 Kit
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