Actually if you are using the LSI onboard controller Embedded Server RAID Technology II (Ctrl+E) , you cannot migrate from raid 0 to raid 1. If you had a hardware raid controller, it should have been possible.
So in your case, unfortunately, you will need to start all over again.
You need to have a complete separate verified backup of the drive if there is any important information.
Note: This board exists in different type: SATA Version (6 black sata ports) or SAS Version (4 blue SAS ports + 2 black sata ports) Board
SAS board has two independent onboard raid controller sas and sata.
Assuming that you have SATA board:
1. Connect the 2 drives on the SATA Port 0 and 1
2. Connect the optical sata drive on the last sata port 5
If you have the SAS board:
1. Connect the 2 sata drives on the 2 black sata ports
2. Connect the optical drive on the blue sas port
Make sure to enable the mass storage controller in the bios and configure as IDE.
Here are the Steps how to create the RAID using Ctrl + E:
Make sure the SATA drive are configured as RAID.
Press Ctrl + E to go onto the RAID Bios Oprom.
Management Menu >> Configure >> Press enter to Select this Option
Configuration Menu >> New Configuration >> Press enter to Select this Option
Yes >> Press enter to Select this Option
New Configuration from Array Selection Menu
0 - Ready - Press Space to Select this drive - It will change to Online Axx-xx
1 - Ready - Press Space to Select this drive - It will change to Online Axx-xx
Then Press F10 to configure the RAID
Then Press Space to Select the Configurable Array (It will show Span -X)
Then press F10 again to configure it
Choose the RAID level for this Virtual Drive
Select the RAID 0/1/5
Press enter to choose the appropriate settings
Accept and Press enter to save COnfiguration
Select Yes to continue
Press F3 to view your Virtual Drive configuration
Then if everything is fine, go to Initialise
Press Space to Select the VD
Press F10 to initialise it (Note this process will erase everything on the drive)
Save and Exit.
Make sure you slipstreamed the raid F6 driver if you are using Windows XP/2003 etc if Windows vista/2008/7, download the driver onto a USB and load the driver.
Hope this helps a bit now.
All the best,
Thanks Aryan, this helps out alot. Your post was very informative and details, the best I've seen in a long time!
I've heard of an "unsuported" way of doing what I want that involves setting up RAID 1 with the two drives but pulling the 2nd disk out before you create the RAID set and then putting it back after you create it. Ever heard of this being done?