luzhun

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Hello. I have 2 SSD drives in RAID 0 currently set for my primary boot drive and would like to undo this to make them 2 separate drives again. The SSD drive is currently being run by some software SSD controller and not a hard one.

I would like to make 1 full system image of the drives to use on a new one. If I have the system image, would I need to reinstall Windows first to the new drive or just use the image to install it all back again?

Let me know if you need to know anything else! Thank you for more information.

I also have a program called Acronis True Backup 2.0 I believe it is called if that is better than using Windows default backup features?
 

spinningstill

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As far as I understand its not a good practice to use RAID0 as a main boot drive. An SSD should be plenty fast on its own. I use SoftRaid. Recommend to save all data to another drive then use the software to break the drives. Can run into issues if the drives are not restored correctly.

Carbon Copy Cloner is one of the best for dong backups.

Grace and peace.
 

USAFRet

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Sweet! I'll look into Carbon Copy Cloner too! Thanks for the information! :)
Backups?
Read here:

 
Disk cloning tools usually can't clone RAID 0 boot drives. The OS on the boot drive normally locks access to certain files and folders, so you can't clone it if you're booted into the OS. The way cloning tools get around this problem is to boot off a CD, USB, or mini partition into its own mini-OS, and clone the boot drive from there - the primary OS isn't booted so it can't lock any files.

Unfortunately, the way RAID 0 is usually implemented, the drivers for it are part of the OS. So if you boot off the cloning tool's mini-boot, it'll just see two separate drives with gibberish on them, not a RAID 0 array with a single virtual drive. The only way I could see this working is if you're using a RAID card which completely virtualizes the RAID 0 array so it appears to the system like a single drive. (OK now that I think about it, you might get it to work by creating a new OS boot drive which is RAID 0-aware, and "demoting" the RAID 0 array from boot drive to data drive. Then cloning it while the new OS is booted. But that's probably more work than simply doing a clean install on a new boot drive.)
 
Here is a thought:
Go ahead and buy your larger ssd. Make it a samsung ssd of 500gb or larger.
Try the samsung ssd migration app.

I read through the documentation and I see no exclusion for raid-0.
The app is a C drive logical mover, not a bit for bit clone.
I suspect that it might work.
Even if it does not, the source is preserved and you still have a drive on which you can do a clean install.

Alternatively, if you have external backup, you could backup and restore to the new single ssd.
 

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