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Cloning single HDD to RAID 0 + 1

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August 4, 2011 3:48:29 PM

Does anyone know if it's possible, and if so, what tools are available to do such a thing. What I would like to do is take Server 2003 R2 x64 from a single HDD and clone it to a RAID 0 + 1.

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a c 82 G Storage
August 4, 2011 10:04:20 PM

Is the RAID controller already installed? Going from a single hard disk to 4 disks or more in RAID 0+1 can be done, but the tools are somewhat expensive: http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/server-windows/ You also need Universal Restore to migrate to dissimilar hardware.
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August 5, 2011 2:21:42 PM

Depending on the raid controller, some come with software to accomplish this within windows. I've gone from a single drive with existing os, to raid 1 ... simply by turning on raid in the bios, and then using the windows based application that came with the controller. No data loss.

Wouldn't the same idea work for 0+1?
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August 5, 2011 2:47:36 PM

Yes, the raid controller is installed. Thank you!
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a c 316 G Storage
August 5, 2011 2:52:26 PM

The cloning process is simple. If you set up the RAID at the controller level, any bootable utility such as Parted Magic will let you do the clone. You do have to tweak the OS to get it to boot from RAID; take a look at this article and see if it helps: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/196922-32-switching-s...
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August 5, 2011 3:58:11 PM

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August 5, 2011 3:59:39 PM

Thank you all for your replies. I do believe we will be doing this conversion with Norton Ghost. It will be a weekend long endeavor, will get back to you all on Monday!
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a c 316 G Storage
August 5, 2011 4:11:06 PM

Norton Ghost! I'm still using version 8.0, from 2003. What version are you using?
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