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Upgrading to SSD + HDD for storage From RAID 1 HDDs

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October 29, 2012 4:25:31 PM

For the past year I've been running 2 WD 1TB blue drives in RAID 1 for OS, games, storage, everything. Over the past year I have discovered this is a huge mistake. The on board Raid controller of my MSi 890FX-GD70 is terrible. I just bought a 128g samsung 830 and want to Install Win7 64bit on that and use one of my HDDs for storage.

I need to preserve as much data from my current raid array as possible.

1. Can a raid 1 array be broken without losing data?
2. If I'm able to break the array, what is the most efficient way to make the 1tb HDD into a storage drive rather than a boot drive?
2.1. Is it as simple as deleting files from the current 1tb boot drove and if so what should I delete?

The overall goal here is to go from my current setup, 2 HDD Raid 1 (everything), to 1 SSD (os) + 1HDD(storage).

Any advise or insight is greatly appreciated.

Overall system specs:
Mobo: MSI 89fx-gd70
CPU: AMD phenom ii x6 1100t
GPU: MSI gtx 560ti
Ram: Patriot 8 gb 1600 mhz
Storage: 2 WD blue 1TB in RAID1

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a b G Storage
November 19, 2012 6:50:21 AM

For Raid 1, you could directly unplug one of the drives.

Do you mean you want to break the array and migrate the OS to SSD? If that you could use Aomei Partition Assistant Home (FREE), it has a migrate OS to SSD wizard. After migrating, you could directly boot from the SSD(do not need reconfiguration). Download link:;1
November 26, 2012 12:07:21 AM

Best answer selected by pyr0monk3y.