2 HDD's into one into 2 - How?
Currently I have 2 x 120Gb HDD's in what I am told is a raid setup so that as far I can see (windows XP) I have one single HDD of 240Gb in size.
My question is how do I get rid of this setup or at the very least have 2 separate drives? Is it difficult or complicated as my IQ is severely limited when talking PC's so can someone point me in the right direction please.
(My PC is a P4 - 3GHz)
- Rep Power
I would do a full backup on an external drive using a backup program such as acronis and then get rid of the raid setup.
Thanks Crypto, when you say get rid of the raid, how is that done? is it in the settings or something ?
id say its raid 0
you will need to backup what you want then disable raid in the bios and format each drive
* RAID 0 (striped disks) distributes data across several disks in a way that gives improved speed and full capacity, but all data on all disks will be lost if any one disk fails.
* RAID 1 (mirrored disks) could be described as a backup solution, using two (possibly more) disks that each store the same data so that data is not lost as long as one disk survives. Total capacity of the array is just the capacity of a single disk. The failure of one drive, in the event of a hardware or software malfunction, does not increase the chance of a failure nor decrease the reliability of the remaining drives (second, third, etc).
* RAID 5 (striped disks with parity) combines three or more disks in a way that protects data against loss of any one disk; the storage capacity of the array is reduced by one disk.
* RAID 6 (less common) can recover from the loss of two disks.
* RAID 10 (or 1+0) uses both striping and mirroring.
Sounds like raid 0,
so I back up everything, disable in bios, then format both drives then reinstall having now two hardrives, one for my OS and the other for storage? sounds straightforward, will need to reserach how to turn things off in bios.
I don't suppose anyone knows of some free back up imaging software?
- Rep Power
I find Acronis Tru Image the best at backup, only my opinion of course.
You can find a useful version
- Rep Power
Hey, first post.
You may actually have a set of 'dynamic disks' (Windows XP's version of a software raid). In this case, you may be able to seperate them by changing them to a 'normal' or 'basic' disk by visiting Computer Management in Administrative tools (control panel) -> Disk Management then right clicking on the disk and 'Convert to ..'
This may not work, but the above instructions will allow you to work out if its a hardwade or software RAID. Nontheless, you may need to transfer the data to a third disk, then reformat the other two.
Thank you for the software
Good first post,
Found it, it says Disc 0, then it says Promise 2+0 stripe/RAID0 scsi disk management. so I think its as Fan said its a RAID 0 setup.
Thanks for the tip
Tried to start my cloning exercise this morning, but was stopped because the message I received from Acronis was that the destination harddrive was too small.
I Have 240Gb HD ----> 160GB HD (back up), but the total data on the original HD is only 60GB
WTF?? Surely it should clone 60 GB onto 160GB any thoughts please ?