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:
Studio XPS 435T/9000 (His)Inspiron 1720 (Hers)Inspiron 530s (Server)
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.