0 Replies Latest reply on Mar 14, 2011 12:12 AM by instcode

    How to setup RAID 1 with Intel RST on an existing Windows 7 system?

    instcode

      Hi everyone,

      I'd like to setup RAID-1 using Intel Rapid Storage Technology on my Windows 7 64-bit system.

      I have an 1TB SATA HDD with Windows 7 system installed on the first  primary partition (leftmost, ~200GB). The rest of this HDD is  unallocated (~800GB).
      I bought another 2TB SATA, then created a primary partition  (leftmost, ~500GB) and filled my data in. The rest of this HDD is  unallocated (~1.5TB).

      A quick disk layout (XXX is the unallocated region): 

      HDD1 (1TB): [ 200GB C:\ SYSTEM | XXXXXXXXXXXXXX ]
      HDD2 (2TB): [ 500GB Z:\ PROGRAM | XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX ]

      Now, I want to create a 500GB RAID-1 partition (I'm not sure if  using "partition" is correct here) on the rightmost of the 2 HDDs above  without losing any existing data from both disks. Here is the expected  layout:

      HDD1 (1TB): [ 200GB C:\ SYSTEM | XXXXXXXX | 500GB D:\ DATA - RAID-1 ]
      HDD2 (2TB): [ 500GB Z:\ PROGRAM | XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX | 500GB D:\ DATA RAID-1 ]

      1. Let's not concern about data lost, is it possible to have that  final layout using Intel RST? Previously, I tried this layout using  dynamic disk & software RAID from Windows and it worked as expected,  however, it's quite ugly in resynching after an OS failure that I don't  want.
      2. If yes, is there a way to keep the data on existing partitions  untouched or, at least, it should keep the SYSTEM partition safe (I'm  okay if the PROGRAM partition has to be gone.)?
      3. Well, are there any strict/special steps I should follow when using the Intel RST manager in order to achieve that?

      If none of those questions above are "Yes", could you please suggest  some other possible layouts that leave the C:SYSTEM partition  untouched?

      Thank you very much.