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Can you create RAID-1 from existing Data HDD?

Question asked by ihturbo on Aug 5, 2019

Hi,

I wish to create a RAID-1 mirror using 2x 2TB WD Black SATA3 HDDs, numbered #WD36 & #WD37.

#WD36 already has data on it from my previous system, which utilised 2x 1TB WD Black SATA3 HDDs.

#WD37 is currently formatted & blank.

 

I have quite a high skill level with PC H/W & S/W, but not a lot of experience with RAID, beyond creating a RAID-1 setup.

 

I am using Windows 7 Pro and I have included my Hardware signature at the end of this Post.

BTW, if you are wondering why I am using an old HDD, it is because I have had problems Cloning to & Booting off the 850 Pro SSD. I am performing a 3-Step migration from temporary HDD to interim SSD, to M.2 NVME SSD, due to the fact that I am using Win7. I had to 1st learn how Win7 manages NVME SSD's.

 

I have only ever used Intel RAID-1 previously & had this very issue then.

I can't remember how I got around it, but had more empty drives then & far more SATA ports (only 6x now).

 

Can I create RAID-1 from the existing Data HDD, #WD36, using the AMD X470 Chipset?

 

If so, would one method be to:_

   - Set BIOS to RAID (currently AHCI), with Data HDD #WD36 installed but unRAIDed?

 

{INCOMPLETE HERE}

 

   - Then REBUILD RAID-1 using 2nd, empty HDD, #WD37?

 

Will this work?

Is there a better way?

 

I look forward to any and all replies.

 

IHTurbo

 

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H/W SIGNATURE
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MOBO: Gigabyte X470 AORUS GAMING 7 WI-FI
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 CPU @ Stock
RAM: Corsair 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR4-2133 MHz CMK16GX4M2B3000C15
OS: Win7 x64 bit
GRAPHICS: MSI 1GB NVIDIA GF GTX 560 Ti
HDD1: 4TB WD Red WD40EFRX SATA HDD (SATA3) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 2x]
HDD2: 1TB WD Black WD1002FAEX SATA HDD (SATA3) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 3x]
    - Contains C: ptn
HDD3: 2TB WD Black WD2003FZEX SATA HDD (SATA3) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 3x]
HDD4: 2TB WD Black WD2003FZEX SATA HDD (SATA3) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 3x]
HDD5: 1TB WD Black WD1002FAEX SATA HDD (SATA3) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 3x]
SSD1: 500GB Samsung 970 NVMe SSD (NVME) [PTN STYLE: GPT] [PTNS: 2x incldg visible EFI ptn]
SSD2: 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD
ex-DVD1: Pioneer Blu-RW BDR-208D
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