I have a Asus P6X58D-E system with a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB drive and think I want to add another drive and make a RAID 1 array. My question is whether it is as easy as installing the RAID driver and adding the new drive. Since RAID 1 is just a disk mirror will it see everything I already have and copy it to the new drive, or do I have to reinstall everything?
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
HIS IceQ 5 H577QT1GD Radeon HD 5770 Turbo 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
Thermaltake Black Widow W0319RU 850W
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
Ok so I've tried to do some more research and it looks like it is theoreticlly possible to go to a RAID 1 without reformatting the drive and reinstalling everything, I'm just not sure exactly how.
I tried putting the SATA II ports in RAID mode, without actually setting up a RAID, just to see what would happen, even though I only have 1 HDD right now. First off I wasn't even able to get to the RAID setup screen. I had the ports set to RAID mode and I tried pressing Ctrl+I while posting about ten times and it never worked. Additionally windows would start to load, but then would just restart and keep going in this loop until I changed to SATA port back to IDE.
BTW, I'm running Win 7 Ultimate x64 if that matters.
I have the same mobo and hdd. Have you made any progress with this? I do not want to have to reinstall the OS.
From what I read, the min requirements of 2 hdd are needed to setup RAID 1 in the BIOS for partitioning, etc., however hat doesn't seem to solve the already installed OS issue.
Alternatively, I have read you can use Win 7 to setup up the RAID 1, though I do not know the pros and cons of setting up through software.
I will most likely just start from scratch to save myself the headache.