I have an XP based system that I backed up with ghost, which was striped (RAID 0) at 250G. I am trying to convert it to RAID 1 (mirrored) with a smaller set of drives (dual 160G drives), so I first restored it to a single 320G drive, ran Partition Magic and reduced the size to 145G so that it would fit on the smaller 160G drives; all went well and the smaller version boots fine on a single drive with no RAID controller. I then re-Ghosted the smaller file and saved it to my server as before. Then, installed a hardware RAID controller board (actually, I tried 3 different ones - Adaptec 1210SA, Highpoint 1520 and a Promise FastTrax 150) and did a Ghost restore in RAID-1 mode. The restore completes OK, but the system will not complete a boot with any of these controllers and simply restarts half way through a boot process (after it starts the Windows XP splash screen). Promise mentioned something about the MBR being different and that they recommend a clean install. While that is a way to build a new machine, I really need to restore this image. Any idea why it will not complete a boot with our resetting (does not matter if it trys Safe Mode or Normal XP mode - resets in every mode). Any idea on how to work around this issue? If it can't be worked around with hardware RAID cards, is there a software RAID-1 package available for XP?
- Thanks, Pat