Copy data to each drive of a 2 drive mirror separately - Will it work?
Posted on 2006-11-20
I have a working RAID 1 mirror with 2 SATA WD 250 GB drives. (Epox 8RDA3iPro) NForce2 chipset, Nforce RAID. The mirror is working fine. The problem is I need to copy data off of 2 or 3 other PATA drives to this mirror. But, when I install them, the PC doesn't boot, just reboots in a constant loop. So Instead of trying to fix that issue, I wondered if I can boot off of one of the PATA drives (which was the old drive in this PC) and copy the data I need over to the SATA drives. The SATAs show up as two separate drives when I boot from the PATA drive. Can I copy the same data to both SATAs and then set the SATA mirror as the boot volume and boot from it? I'm wondering if the RAID array will freak out for any reason by doing this?
Maybe the second option is to enable the RAID mirror in the PATA setup by installing the drivers in XP on the PATA drive, then maybe the 2 SATAs will show up as one volume then I won't have a problem. Or will that screw something else up?
Thanks for the help