RAID 1 Setup on existing HDD

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I want to mirror my existing HDD (with files) using Raid 1 on my new motherboard (ZOTAC mini-itx). Can anyone help on the procedure? Would appreciate if you can send a link reference. thanks.

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Zotac Mini-Itx Motherboard

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Zotac makes many different models of Mini-itx motherboards. Depending on the chipset, the process of setting up RAID is somewhat different. However, I’m pretty confident that you will need to do the following sequence:

Backup or Clone your current drive to another location
Aquire another drive of identical geometry if not identical make\model
Create a driver disk with your Zotac RAID drivers installed
Install both drives in your new system
Go into your BIOS Setup screen
Setup the mirror set which will destroy the data on the old drive
Boot your OS Setup
Install your RAID drivers from the driver disk
Install your OS
Restore your old data

Many of the details can change slightly depending on chipset but the basic idea is the same. Check your motherboard manual for details.

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  • Mdf
    thanks hlx! i was hoping to find a way similar to rebuilding raid 1. but as you have indicated, it seems i am limited to start from scratch. thanks again!
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