I followed the instructions at the following page to upgrade my RAID 1 to larger hard drives:
However, at the end of the process when I'm supposed to re-create the RAID volume, no Create option is available. In the Intel Rapid Storage Technology utility, the drives appear like the picture above. The drive on port 1 is actually the system drive that I'm booting from at this point. The other one I can mark as a spare, in which case it's not visible to Windows. If I make it Available, Windows can see it, but before Disk Management will let me look at it, it wants to create a master boot record (MBR), which I have not done.
I am not sure what I need to do to re-create a RAID 1 volume at this point. I tried going into the Ctrl-I utility at bootup. It would let me create a RAID volume out of these drives, but warns me that all the data will be lost, which makes sense as it doesn't know anything about operating systems.
I will say that while the procedure at the link above went mostly as expected, it did go a little sideways at step 9. Click Reset Disks to Non-RAID. At that point I had a choice to make either or both disks non-RAID. This seemed puzzling, as making one disk non-RAID would seem to necessarily make the other one non-RAID as well. I chose to make both non-RAID, but am wondering if I really did have a choice there and made the wrong one.
Thank you for any assistance.
You are trying to create a RAID1 volume without losing the data? You should copy the data to secondary storage, create the RAID1 array (best place is CRTL-I menu) and then copy the data to the array from secondary storage.
Hope this helps,
That's what I'll have to do if I don't get any other answers. But the point of the procedure I was following was to avoid having to re-image the hard drive. I'm a little uncomfortable with wiping my OS drive clean, even if I know I have a recovery disk and a current full backup, so I'm only going to do that as a last resort.
It appears that doing a Reset Disk to Non-RAID on both disks was indeed my fatal error. I was faced with the same situation after I had re-created the new array and wanted to remove one of the disks. Instead of resetting both to non-RAID, I only did that to the one I wanted to remove. It then left the other one existing as a Degraded RAID, rather than a non-RAID disk. That is what I wanted the first time through the process. Had I done that, after re-partitioning the single new disk and installing the second new one, I'm sure I would have had the option to rebuild the array right in the RAST utility in Windows.
The data isn't much of an issue - have several backups of that, including cloud. I have a current full system image backup on a USB drive as well, which I just finished restoring - using a Windows Recovery CD - a bit ago. The problem is that I cannot get a bootable system going again after re-creating the RAID array through the Ctrl-I utility. There is a 100MB "System" partition at the start of the disk that is normally hidden and normally has no drive letter. I included that partition when I made my system image backup, but I'm not confident that the Windows System Image Recovery process is recovering that along with the C drive. That 100MB partition is what it's trying to boot from and I think there's just nothing there, and no way to get anything there that I can figure out. I think at this point I'm going to slip in the one remaining untouched drive from the original array and see if I can march forward from there.
In that case, I would just abandon the array. Reset all disks to non-RAID and then start again. But, before doing so, I recommend that you purchase a good SATA SSD (you can get a ~500GB driver pretty cheap these days) and use it as your Windows Boot/System device. Set it up first and then create the RAID array afterwards. Install RST software after doing the array creation from the CTRL-I OPROM.
Unfortunately it isn't quite that simple, either. I am still on Windows 7, and I have no Windows 7 installation media, and no easy way to get it. Also, it appears that once you set your last OS-containing RAID disk to non-RAID, there is no way to get the OS disk back into a RAID without reinstalling the OS from scratch. That is where I was earlier - two identical drives, one bootable and the other empty. When I put them into a RAID using the Ctrl-I OPROM, it warned that all the data would be lost, and it was exactly correct - I could not boot from the drive(s) after that point. I'm hoping that when I boot from the last untouched disk from my original RAID array, that I will be left with a degraded RAID array, which I can work with. Once I get back through the process of building the new drives into the array, I'll restore the image backup from my USB drive and I'll be golden.
I finally got it all working. There were a lot of pieces to the puzzle, and I'm not sure which ones were really necessary, but here are some things I learned:
I doubt that the port is an issue (unless there was a bug in the very old versions), but there is good information here regardless - even if it was a painful process. Frankly, I would be migrating away from booting from the RAID array regardless. You do know that you can use your Windows 7 license key to install Windows 10, right? If you want to do that, we can walk you through the process.
Regardless, extract your license key so you have is separately. I do this with a freeware tool from NirSoft called ProduKey. You can get it here if you want to try it: https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html.
Hope this helps,
Actually, I do have my license key so there is a way I can download Windows 7, which I will probably do for safekeeping until I make the jump to Windows 10 (for which I already have the media). I like the idea of an SSD, but the wrinkle for me is that I do software development, which I feel does too much writing of files to get a lot of life out of an SSD. And I've got way too many configurations and scripts that point at drive C: to move all my development to a different drive. If I could install Windows on an SSD as drive D and boot off that while keeping my applications and development environment on a drive C RAID with conventional disks, that would be golden - maybe even worth the week it would take to reinstall all my applications.