Hi. I am in a bit of a situation!
I have a great system already which has a 1x1TB HDD and has all my software on it including WS2008R2 Enterprise.
I use Acronis to take a backup of the entire disk and store it away safely so in the event of a disaster or new hardware migration, I can restore it.
I just spent ALOT of money on a new system which I have built. It has the Asus P6X58D-E mobo. I also purchased 2x2TB HDD and 1x3TB HDD (For backup). I was impressed with the performance that you can gain on RAID0 and thought why not?
So, being a newbie at RAID's, I was able to manage to create the RAID0 in the Intel Matrix utility (CTRL+I) and it shows the total storage as just under 4GB. Great.
Problem: "Status: Non bootable"
I thought this would be because it couldn't locate the OS. So anyway, I then used the Acronis Backup and recovery + Universal Restore to restore the image of the old system to the new system and for it to rebuild the HAL with the new drivers I supplied. It apperently did this but when I reboot, guess what? Cannot boot!
Not sure whats going on so after alot of searching, I am a little disappointed as I am a huge Intel fan and always have been a strong supporter and advise all my customers to purchase Intel mobos/chipsets as well as CPU's.
I discovered that it is NOT possible to create a RAID0 of a total capacity of more than 2TB which is bootable.
I know that Windows will have a problem seeing a bootable driver > 2.2TB but this is resolved by converting/creating a GPT partition however the problem here is in order to boot a GPT partition the system must support UEFI - this motherboard does not have UEFI support therefore, I cannot create/convert the bootable disk to a GPT partition.
So, I am stuck. What do I do? Why is there a limit?
I thought that RAID 0 would be seen as just a singular drive so it would only ever be shown as the size of 1 of the disks? (i.e in this case: 2TB) or am I mistaken?
Back to the problem: Is there a workaround? I do not want to have to install the OS manually along with migrating over all applications, updates etc... etc... as it will take me ALOT of time of which I don't have, and the reason why I am using Acronis Advanced Server for backup and restorations.