Sheldon G wrote:I checked the forum on this one, but still looking for some clarification re DOs and DONTS! My 9200 machine will arrive configured with Windows VISTA in a RAID1 mirrored configuration. I am looking for the correct instructions to change both disks from that configuration to a non-RAID configuration without losing any data in the main drive (drive 0). I want to be RAID-Free ! In doing so, I want to avoid some of the pitfalls of:
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Nope, I am still RAID free and after almost two years like this, its perfect.
I have automated daily file backups to the second hard drive PLUS another independant set of automated daily file backups (staggered 12 hours) to an external drive PLUS a weekly full image backup to the external drive, PLUS those images are staggered on a 3 week cycle.
In this way, for 99.9999% of the time, I enjoy full use of all the storage I own, and have full confidence that my data is secure and I can easily recover data that may have become corrupt or was accidentally overeritten or erased, by going back to a copy saved 12 hours ago, 24 hours aga, 1 week, or two weeks or 3 weeks ago (or DVD backups before that).
For that .00001% of the time when I need to deal with a hard drive failure, sure I will be inconvienced and need to manaully recover from my image and file backups, but thats no big deal. I can essily recover, and besides, I have four other machines in the house if I need to do something in a hurry, and each can access the backup drive.
RAID-free is a perfect arrangement for me.
Re your post, I gather you want to go back to (or first establish) a RAID1 configuration. Is there an issue you are facing in doing this??
Thanks for asking ..... Rather than cut and paste the other thread in here, could you do a search for "Unable to stop RAID1" - this is my current issue.
That being said, I am very tempted to follow your line and give myself access to all my available storage and manage backups, disk copy etc myself. While obviously providing a level of resilience, RAID1 may be overkill for me at the moment.
But if you have any ideas on how to resolve my problem, they would be gratefully received.
if "Delete Array" option is unavailable just use "Reset disk to Non-Raid" for both disk (one at the time) ignoring warnings about data loss.
It worked for me on Vostro 410.
This thread has been locked due to it's age, if you have a similar issue, please use the 'New Post' feature at the top of this page and start a new thread.Bev.
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