I need some information regarding the feasibility of implementing a RAID-1 solution into my existing setup. I have a couple of old Maxtor hdds in my current rig, one mainly as a system drive and one as a storage/installation drive, both of which are only 5400rpm drives. I want to migrate to a RAID-1 configuration and set up 2 arrays, one for each drive, replacing them with some new Maxtor 200gb 7200rpm DiamondMax 9 drives.
Since these drives are cheap and have reasonable performance, and since I already have an onboard RAID/ATA controller, I was thinking that migrating to a RAID a config would be a simple way to go. Going with RAID-1 also provides my need for a viable and inexpensive backup solution since if one drive should fail, there's practically no downtime while I get that drive replaced. (I've heard numerous reports of DiamondMax 9 drives failing within the first few months of using them, but being fine after having them replaced. Obviously long-term reliability is unknown since this line is fairly new.)
Anyway, would I be able to clone my existing drive images to the new drives and still be able to use them in a pair of drive arrays? (I want to make this work, so please spare me from offering alternative setups.) Thanks.