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Migrate from 2 x 512GB SSD RAID0 to 1TB SSD

Hi everyone!
I just built a computer last week and after a long way to setup a simple RAID0 (the problem was the driver for the win10 instalation) I was reading the forum and thinking about if I maybe did a mistake while choosing between a 2x512 RAID0 instead of going for just one 1TB drive.
In RAID0 probably moving blocks and so on will be more intensive than in just simple drive so probably will get degraded soon and a shorter life.
So I'm looking to change them with a 1TB drive.
My question is: Is it possible to reuse the current installation in the new drive? clone directly the same drive to the new one, considering that I'll change the controller from RAID to AHCI? Or should I install windows again?

thank you
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  1. Best answer
    Just clone the hard drive to the new drive. Whether it's RAID or not won't affect the data in the clone.

    Installing SSD drives in RAID 0 is only going to gain you a higher failure rate.
  2. Hey,

    1) Wearing isn't an issue. RAID0 stripes the data between them so compared to a 1TB HDD it will be basically IDENTICAL. Half to one 512GB SSD and the other half the data to the other.

    2) Reuse current?
    Yes. You can use something like Acronis True Image, Seagate DiscWizard or other utility to make a backup image then restore that. Or as said CLONE.

    3) RAID-> AHCI. Should not be an issue.

    But...
    If it's working why not just leave things as they are, and setup a backup utility like Acronis True Image? I have mine set to WEEKLY backups (Incremental and delete older versions).

    Basically if you get a failure, the backup image can be restored from a local HDD to either a RAID or single drive.

    Other:
    What was the DRIVER issue?

    Where you unable to setup RAID from your motherboard BIOS?
  3. photonboy said:
    Hey,

    1) Wearing isn't an issue. RAID0 stripes the data between them so compared to a 1TB HDD it will be basically IDENTICAL. Half to one 512GB SSD and the other half the data to the other.

    2) Reuse current?
    Yes. You can use something like Acronis True Image, Seagate DiscWizard or other utility to make a backup image then restore that. Or as said CLONE.

    3) RAID-> AHCI. Should not be an issue.

    But...
    If it's working why not just leave things as they are, and setup a backup utility like Acronis True Image? I have mine set to WEEKLY backups (Incremental and delete older versions).

    Basically if you get a failure, the backup image can be restored from a local HDD to either a RAID or single drive.

    Other:
    What was the DRIVER issue?

    Where you unable to setup RAID from your motherboard BIOS?


    Hi photonboy,

    I already have a Synology ds215j as backup system that I'll use for this computer too. About changing the 2x512 for 1tb is mainly because if I'm not going to get a real benefit in speed, I'll prefer to avoid possible crashing of both drives instead of just one, and the case I'm using (Define R5) has two SSD slots in the back of the case and if I plan to expand my storage in the future could be better idea to have just one ssd right now.

    Actually I'm thinking that for backup probably will be better to have two partitions, as I typically do on all my systems, but I just make it as fast as possible and I miss this step. Probably to have a partition for OS and another partition for the data (movies, steam games, and things that I don't care to backup up) and then setup a backup for just the OS system.

    Regarding the RAID, I just created it from the BIOS (Asus Maximus VIII Hero), I run the windows 10 install and it keep saying that it can't be installed on that drive (the RAID0), I did browse the drivers CD for the RAID driver, and after that It said: It can't be installed on this drive because this computer may not boot from it...
    I went to the BIOS and the RAID appears to be correct, but I couldn't add it to the boot preferences, it just didn't appear. I deleted it and both disk appear, created it again and it didn't show up in boot. So I reset the BIOS, created the RAID again, and it just appear :\ don't know what happened, but it took me a while :)
  4. bigpinkdragon286 said:
    Just clone the hard drive to the new drive. Whether it's RAID or not won't affect the data in the clone.

    Installing SSD drives in RAID 0 is only going to gain you a higher failure rate.


    Yep that what I was reading about the stability versus performance gain of the SSD RAID0. :\
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