Getting rid of raid, using USB HDD to restore

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  1. Coomkeen

    Coomkeen Registered Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    I'm trying to change a mirror raid array to two seperate drives.
    So... I thought.... backup whole disk array to external USB hard drive, then change the 'raid' in the BIOS setup to 'ATA', then restore to one disk (the 'first' one) by booting from Acronis Boot CD.

    Did all this, but when booting from HDD again Windows just keeps re-booting over and over, after flipping up a non-readable blue screen. Non-readable 'cos it's too quick!

    Changed the BIOS back to 'RAID' and it boots OK.

    Am I missing something here?

    Otherwise, brilliant bit of software chaps.

    Best regards,
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello Ron,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response.

    We recommend using Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation or Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows (depending on which operating system you use) in conjunction with Acronis Universal Restore for your purposes. Acronis Universal Restore technology provides an efficient solution for hardware-independent system restoration by replacing the crucial HAL and hard disk controller drivers. You can find more information on how to deploy the image of a Windows system to different hardware in this FAQ Article. You may also find this previous thread helpful.

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    Alexey Popov
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2006
  3. bcool2

    bcool2 Registered Member

    Nov 12, 2005
    The Ozarks
    It's interesting. I performed a similar task going from RAID0 to normal single disk(s) operation(SATA drives). I had images of my RAID0 on both an external USB HDD and DVD. I simply removed the RAID0 configuration from the Intel Matrix Bios screen during boot which left pretty much everything in tact but with no specified disks in RAID. I restored a backup image of the RAID0 disk to drive_0 (my No. 1 Sata disk) and booted up to C:\. It's been several months since I did this so my memory may be sketchy here. I think I covered everything I had to do to bring my system up in single disk operation. If you must abandon the RAID drivers altogether and set up ATA, then I would suggest following Acronis's recommendation.
  4. shieber

    shieber Registered Member

    Oct 27, 2004
    Was there no RAID mgt software that came with your RAID card or Mobo? If so, it should have a routine to "dismantle" an array leaving disks intact.

    After reseting and saving the BIOS, you might want to shut down, remove the second disk, then boot so that Win doesn't see two drives trying to be the boot and system disks. Once you boot into Win you should be can shut down and put the second disk back in and you should be able to delete or add files, format or whatever. You probably don't need to restore anything.

    I'd make a new backup once I had the single disk booting.

    good luck,
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