Quote: Originally Posted by con3636
When I installed windows 7 on my computer, I had forgotten to RAID my dual drives together. Can I do a windows backup onto an external hard drive, then raid my drives together, reinstall windows 7 and then do a restore? I wanna have everything exactly the same but with my drives raided together. Thanks
I'm not positive the built in windows backup will work for this as I've never tried it. I'm 100% positive that you can do this with an imaging tool like Acronis very easily.
- Use Acronis to rip an image of your entire OS drive, including all partitions, to be saved externally
- Then go to your controller utility / bios and configure your RAID 0.
- Once your new stripe is set up, boot to Acronis again.
- This time you'll run recovery and point to the image file you made previously.
- Choose your newly created stripe as the target/destination.
- Acronis will image everything back and expand partitions to utilize the full size of the stripe you made.
Theoretically this method "should" work with any type of imaging or disk cloning software out there so long as you can operate the software outside of the operating system. Acronis, Ghost, HDClone, etc.... are all bootable utilites that could accomplish this. In my opinion Acronis is the best and has proven to be very reliable for me over the past several years.
In terms of stability, it has been great for me. I run Windows 7 Ultimate x64 with RAID 0 on my home and work computers without issue. There is definitely a noticeable performance gain. If I ever want to expand my stripe size I simply re-image with Acronis, create a new stripe with the new drives, and blast the image back. Works like a charm for me. Always keep in mind one drive failure in something like this will result in full data loss so ALWAYS maintain backups if this data is important to you.