Solved

Cloned SSD from Raid 0 won't boot

Hello!

We have a slow desktop at work set in a RAID 0 setting. I used Macrium Free to clone the RAID HDDs to a SSD. When I try to boot with only the SSD, it doesn't detect a drive.

My RAID drives are plugged into a RAID card, and it shipped that way from Dell. I tried plugging the SSD directly into the SATA 0 port on the mobo, but it doesn't detect it. When accessing the BIOS, sometimes it does detect it, but I can't boot from it.

I tried replugging the RAID HDDs back but now it doesn't boot at all. Through some kind of loophole I managed to access the settings of the RAID card, but it doesn't detect the RAID drives.

I tried changing the settings in the BIOS from AHCI to ATA to disabled to get the SSD to boot but still no result.

Now, can I plug the single SSD into the RAID card and get it to boot? If not, how can I bypass the RAID settings to get the SSD to boot? Or completely random thought, can I get the SSD to boot from the USB 3.0 cable adapter?

I have no idea how to make this work at this point...

The computer is running Windows 7 Pro. There's absolutely nothing on the RAID card indicating a model of some kind, it's just written SAS on the side. The desktop is a Dell workstation, I'll check the exact model tomorrow at work (though it was a custom built from Dell)
Reply to Black_Chimaera
4 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about cloned ssd raid boot
  1. You need to remove raid card and have system set to AHCI.

    Can you view drive using that USB 3.0 cable on another system?
    Is it formatted as MBR or GPT and what OS is it?
    Reply to boosted1g
  2. boosted1g said:
    You need to remove raid card and have system set to AHCI.

    Can you view drive using that USB 3.0 cable on another system?
    Is it formatted as MBR or GPT and what OS is it?


    I removed the RAID and it is already set as AHCI. I can see the drive fine on another system, though I haven't tried booting from it (I'm a bit afraid of messing up another work computer, it went so smoothly on my desktop, but it wasn't in RAID) . It is running Windows 7 Pro, but I have no idea if it's formatted as MBR or GPT. How can I find this?
    Reply to Black_Chimaera
  3. When you plug the SSD into another PC as an external drive, if you go to disk manager you can see on the L side if it is GPT or MBR.

    The reason I ask if it is MBR or GPT is that sometimes cloning software does not do a good job of copying the MBR table so you have to use a windows installation disk, go into repair mode and it typically detects the MBR is bad and rewrites the MBR.
    Reply to boosted1g
  4. Best answer
    Some questions? How many drives are in the system? Normally RAID 0 suggests 2 or more drives merged together to make a single larger capacity drive. Are you sure that this is not the case?

    If it is a multiple drive RAID 0 that you are trying to move from larger hard drives to smaller SSDs, it is going to be trickier than just copying each drive, one at a time.

    The safest method is to clone the striped hard drives to a single drive image, then switch the drives to have the SSDs connected to the system, set them up as a new RAID 0, then copy the backup image to the newly setup RAID, shrinking the volume in the process.
    Reply to DR_Luke
Ask a new question Answer

Read More

NAS / RAID Boot SSD