I have a Dell precision 1600 running Win 10 1909.
Equipped with 2 seagate HDD 2x1TB connected in Raid 1. (RST 188.8.131.526)
I want to replace the 2 HDDs by 2 Samsung 1TB SSDs without losing present data.
For the moment, I have just cloned the content of the Raid drives on one of the SSDs.
Could you please help me for the following actions?
If these are M.2 NVMe SSDs that are being RAIDed (there I go, inventing words again), I would set up the array and then transfer the data from the other array. Actually, I would always do it this way unless I didn't have the SATA ports to connect the new SSDs to. I would not rely on the contents of that SSD not being lost during the array setup. Always have a backup -- and always have an offline (and hopefully off-premises) backup.
Hello and thanks for your answer.
My SSDs are 2.5 inch cases with sata connexions (samsung V-Nand SSD 860 QVO)
I can connect them in internal on 2 avilable sata ports but what next?
My computer will probably detect them as separate disks!
Please, can you detail the operations to accomplish both in Bios and Intel RST?
Correct; if you connect these drives to SATA ports, they will be separate drives. What you then do is create an array across these disks. Once array is created, you treat it as a single drive in Windows, creating and formatting partition(s) and copying files there.
As I said, the safest process is as follows:
- Install drives into box and connect via SATA ports.
- Power on and go into BIOS Setup.
- Navigate to their RST support scene.
- [Aside: the old array should be visible there.]
- Create an array on the two new drives. This can be RAID0 if want one big drive or RAID1 if you want main and backup drives.
- Once created, exit BIOS Setup and boot to Windows.
- Open Disk Manager (right-click on Windows Start button and select the Disk Management Entry).
- Disk Manager should automatically ask you for permission to initialize the array (it will call it a disk). Allow it to do so.
- Use Disk Manager to create at least one partition on the array.
- Format this partition as an NTFS volume. This will assign it a drive letter (you can also choose what letter is used).
- Exit Disk Manager.
- Now can copy all files from old array into new array.
- If you are going to keep the old array, you are done. Remainder of instructions are for if you want to remove the old array
- Reboot and go into BIOS Setup.
- Navigate to the RST support scene.
- Delete the old array.
- Exit BIOS Setup.
- Shutdown and remove the old drives from the PC.
Does that make sense?
Well, if you do not have enough SATA ports to host the drivers for both the old array and the new array, then you are going to have to back up your files to secondary storage and then restore them onto the new array. If you have enough ports for all of the drives, then a copy in place is possible. Yes, you *can* have multiple arrays on a system. Each will show up with the unique name that you assigned to the arrays when you created them.
Understand that I am talking about data files. You are going to have to reinstall Windows regardless; I have never seen any cloning tools that support RST RAID. As far as I know, you cannot do image backup and restore from/to RAID arrays (especially not using the track-to-track method).
before I start working on this case and if I had to temporaly leave the RAID config, must I act through Bios or Ctrl+i RST menu or both? And If I change the bios setting, should I chose AHCI or ATA (see above section1)?
Thanks in advance and have a nice Week.
You mean withdraw drives from an array? I always do this from the CTRL-I menu.
If you want to turn off RST, change the setting from RAID to AHCI. Never use the ATA setting, even on these older systems.
I havn't done the job yet for life is indeed a little bit complcated for everybody right now.
For the moment, the raid1 array and an additionnal 2TB data disk are MBR and Bios settings is Legacy.
It seems there is an interest to move to UEFI bios and GPT pattern on all disks.
I plan to use pro version of Aomei partition assistant 5.8.
I have also found the information that you run the mod from MBR to GPT and change bios settins after
Question1- Can I select the array to change MBR to GPT or should I do it separatly on each drive?
Question 2- Should I begin by this modification, or wait till I have changed the drives from HDD to SSD?
- You do it to the array. Remember that, at the interface level, each array is considered to be a (logical) drive.
- It is probably better to do it beforehand - but make sure you have a backup before you try. Now, my only experience has only been with the Microsoft tool and not within a RAID array, so you are on your own if you plan on using some other tool.
To convert MBR to GPT, you may need to use tools available in Windows* or 3rd-party tools. Our recommendation is that you contact Microsoft* to know how to convert a RAID volume or disk to GPT.
Hopefully, fellow community members may have the knowledge to jump in and help.
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