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silent1mezzo September 3, 2009 06:56 AM

Transferring Mirrored Disks
 
I just built my new rig and I'm trying to move all the data over. In my old rig I had 2x 500GB mirrored drives and I was wondering what the best way to transfer the data (and drives) over to the new computer.

1) Can I take out one drive, place it in the new computer, back up the information and then bring the second drive over and setup the raid?
2) Do I need to back up the information, move both disks over and reformat?

Whats the best way to do this?

Sagath September 3, 2009 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by silent1mezzo (Post 249856)
I just built my new rig and I'm trying to move all the data over. In my old rig I had 2x 500GB mirrored drives and I was wondering what the best way to transfer the data (and drives) over to the new computer.

1) Can I take out one drive, place it in the new computer, back up the information and then bring the second drive over and setup the raid?
2) Do I need to back up the information, move both disks over and reformat?

Whats the best way to do this?

Mirrored drive are exact clones of each other. You should have no issues swapping them.

Depending how much data you have on the drives, I would make an image backup if you have the space. Just in case. Then swap one drive in, and make sure the data is there.

silent1mezzo September 3, 2009 07:52 AM

And it works even if the motherboard is different? The RAID software doesn't make it impossible to read on another computer?

stoanee September 3, 2009 08:42 AM

I use Acronis and backup all data to a external drive, format & install new drives, then put all backed up data into a folder on new drive. I then pick through what I want to keep and delete the rest. Not sure if it is the best way but it works.

MpG September 3, 2009 11:59 AM

Shouldn't be an issue - I regularly swap my pair of 500's in RAID 0 between motherboards when I want to access data on them. As long as the new motherboard is set to RAID, it's hassle-free.

grinder September 3, 2009 08:58 PM

agreed MpG

Raid data that is stamped onto a hard drive is mostly universal. You should be able to do a direct swap and the new mobo will recognize it as being a RAID 1 in good health.


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