Moving to an upgraded hardware, need help

Microsoft Windows xp pro with sp3 multil...
March 25, 2010 at 10:36:03
Specs: Windows XP SP3, 2GB

I have a Windows XP system that has an internal PCI RAID card. I'm using two identical hard drives in a RAID 1 (mirrored) configuration.

I've been having issues with my RAID card, so I decided to upgrade it. I also got two new identical hard drives that I'm intending to use instead of old ones. They are a bit larger though.

My question is, what is the procedure of copying my existing hard drives to the new ones? I know that one way would be to install everything from scratch, but I do not want to do that since I have too much software and other files/settings on my existing system.

Thank you in advance!

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March 25, 2010 at 14:26:01
You can clone if you don't need drivers but that too might be fixable, best to install the new drivers before you need them. Otherwise I'd use ntbackup with system state to an external location then install new stuff and install basic xp then apply restore.
If important then I'd make a ntbackup and a clone just in case.
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March 25, 2010 at 16:42:41
Thanks. You see I can't replace the RAID card and install drivers then, since I won't be able to use the HDDs. I thought to do it this way, so please tell me if I'm on the right path?

1. Unplug the old RAID card

2. Plug in the new RAID card

3. Plug in one of the old HDDs directly into the mainboard

4. Plug in one of the new HDDs directly into the mainboard as well

5. Load up Windows and install the new RAID driver

6. Copy the entire old HDD into a plugged in new HDD -- 1x1

7. Turn off, then plug in both new HDDs into a new RAID card

8. Restart and create RAID1 array from one of the new HDDs.

My only dilemma is how to make a 1x1 copy of the old HDD?

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March 25, 2010 at 21:32:09
The hard drive manufacturers have the utilities you can download from their website to make the clone for you. That will be an exact copy of the old drive, so I would recommend leaving the old drive as-is, copy the drive over to the new one, remove the old one and boot to the new one. Then load the new drivers, shut down, and then build your new array. That way, the old drives will still work with the old card if you need to restore or rebuild if something goes wrong.

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