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Windows 7: Clone HDD to a Merged HDD

07 May 2013   #1
AK5000DK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Clone HDD to a Merged HDD

Hi,

I have 2 harddrives. both the same size, and the same manufacturer:

Drive A = Contains data
Drive B = No data/Empty

Can I merge these two harddrives without loosing the data on Drive A ?

So; Drive A (with data) + Drive B = Drive C (With data)


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07 May 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

We need to be very clear : are you talking physical hard disks, or partitions?

If its physical hard disks, then the only way to merge them is to configure them as a RAID. You can either create a hardware-based RAID0 (risky) or a software RAID (also known as a dynamic disk). I would recommend the latter.

Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk

The dynamic disk will allow you to keep the data. Read the tutorial carefully before proceeding.

Regards,
Golden
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07 May 2013   #3
AK5000DK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes they are physical.

2 pieces Seagate harddrives.

I dont know If I dare to try it.
What if I delete the files from Drive A
So;

HDD 1 (Empty) + HDD 2 (Empty) = HDD 3 (Empty)

Then Clone HDD 5 to HDD 3.

Please See the picture to udnerstand what I mean.


Link to bigger picture: http://peecee.dk/uploads/052013/clone_hdd5_to_hdd3.PNG
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07 May 2013   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

HDD5? Where did that come from?

Always create backups before you do this sort of work.
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07 May 2013   #5
AK5000DK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Its just its name.
You can call it HDD X, or what ever.

HDD 5 = contains my data

HDD 1 = Is empty
HDD 2 = Is empty

HDD1 + HDD2 = HDD 3

Clone content of HDD5 to HDD3.

Is it possible?
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07 May 2013   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AK5000DK View Post
Its just its name.
You can call it HDD X, or what ever.

HDD 5 = contains my data

HDD 1 = Is empty
HDD 2 = Is empty

HDD1 + HDD2 = HDD 3

Clone content of HDD5 to HDD3.

Is it possible?
So HDD1 and HDD2 are already empty now. HDD3 is all contents of HDD1 and HDD2 merged together and working fine.

You want to add ALL paritions of HDD5 to HDD3?

Post screenshot of Disk Management in win7, with HDD3 and HDD5 both attached.
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07 May 2013   #7
AK5000DK

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AK5000DK View Post
Its just its name.
You can call it HDD X, or what ever.

HDD 5 = contains my data

HDD 1 = Is empty
HDD 2 = Is empty

HDD1 + HDD2 = HDD 3

Clone content of HDD5 to HDD3.

Is it possible?
So HDD1 and HDD2 are already empty now. HDD3 is all contents of HDD1 and HDD2 merged together and working fine.

You want to add ALL paritions of HDD5 to HDD3?

Post screenshot of Disk Management in win7, with HDD3 and HDD5 both attached.
YES!

I havent attached them yet. I would like to know if its possible to clone the content of HDD5 to HDD3 before I do anything.
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07 May 2013   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So HDD1 and HDD2 are totally empty now?! If so... why not make the queston easier to understand?
You want to merge contents of two disks together.

What disk(s) are now connected to system? Post screenshot of disk management
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07 May 2013   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I take you have six HDD's.
Disk 0= Windows OS.
Disk 1= DATA or empty
Disk 2= DATA or empty
Disk 3= DATA or empty
Disk 4= DATA or empty
Disk 5= DATA or empty

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?

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Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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07 May 2013   #10
gregrocker

 

What is the reason you want to span a partition across multiple HD's?

There really isn't any good reason to do this unless you work with large files like video editing.

It's much better to use multiple HD's to back up each other in case of one's failure. If you span or RAID these HD's then your data is lost if one dies. This makes it foolish to do, unless you're creating a RAID mirror, which is also more trouble than its worth.

The question to start with here is why you need such a large partition. The only good answer I've found is for working with extremely large files like movie editing.
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