Want to set up RAID 0; presently have Acronis T. Image to backup C drive to F drive. How to restore sys. from F to Raid 0?

I'd like to install a second like SATA drive for RAID 0; with ability to backup/restore to/from the installed F drive .
Question: How do I proceed sequentially (please list steps), but assuming I have installed the new unformatted SATA drive. I use Acronis True Image (on this Vista Premium OS). Presently, I backup C to F.

So, I've installed the new 2nd drive: I have to configure the BIOS to allow the SATA Controller to use RAID 0.


I have an informative ASUS Manual on how to do that. Assume that my P/S is adequate & there is a free SATA port on M/B.

What I am uncertain about is how to format the new drive, as Acronis states the new drive is to be partitioned, etc. Do I have to do that if Acronis is restoring the F Image?
Seems like I just have to format to NTFS period: all unallocated space??
Note: I've read the Acronis Manual, but am not sure about all the advice, as it was not stated that I am or am not to format the present C drive, so that I have two wiped drives for RAID 0.

This all seems too scary for me; without exact directions via Acronis.
I'd have to pay $35. for tech. support, as I tried the free e-mail support & received a totally skimpy reply.

OK, you've advised me on the successful setup for RAID 0:
now how do I restore the F drive image to the new RAID setup?
I've restore Acronis Images before & I believe I read in the manual, that the RAID 0
is just labeled as C drive (even though there are now 2 physical drives). Correct?
So, it seems that the restore should be the same as before RAID 0??

I hope my questions make sense; I searched the E-E questions, but gave up as I didn't find this same process, I'm inquiring about. But I'm sure what I want to do is "common".

Thanks, Jim aka Vineyardtechie
 
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CallandorCommented:
Hopefully, the only reason you want to do this is to get the speed of RAID-0 and you are only putting your OS and temporary files on it.  You are wisely choosing to create a backup of the drive with Acronis and I hope you continue to do it periodically.

I assume you already had a C drive and you have made a backup to F, and hopefully it was a whole disk image, and not just a partition image (the whole disk image is bootable).  I also assume C is an SATA drive and you added a second SATA drive and made the pair of them RAID-0 in the RAID BIOS.  What you want to do is use the image you created on F and restore to the RAID-0 array.  Basically, boot from the Acronis CD and choose restore from an image.  Select the drive and directory where the image is located (the drive that was F).  Then select the destination drive, which in this case is the RAID-0 array.  If you did a whole disk image, you should not need to format the destination drive, since it will take the contents of the image and write it to the destination drive.  The only option you need to be concerned about is whether you should expand it to fill the whole array, and you should choose yes if you aren't making another partition.

When the restore is finished, reboot and make sure the RAID-0 array is the boot drive.  That's all there is.
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jamesg1940Author Commented:
Hello "Master" (Callandor),
You've helped me in the past, so thanks again.

I understand what you have offered; makes sense to me ("intermediate".

I get the sense that this process may not be so "needed".
I should've also asked the "why" I should consider this process.

I don't play games, I just appreciate "speed".
I try not to covet the new faster PCs, & enjoy my fast PC.

Hard drives are cheap; the one I would buy is $65.00.

I'll have a few more questions re. your advise before I commit
to doing this process.
I'd appreciate your commenting on the "percentage" of problem issues
I should consider to do all of this, re.
"is it really worth it" for some speed gains vs. what disaster could happen
if I perform the operation incorrectly or even if I did all right,
"stuff happens" factor.
I'll back off of this procedure if you think it isn't worth it for a "newbie"
to screwup a nice running PC.

Thanks,
Jim






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CallandorCommented:
I would only recommend RAID-0 to experts who understand the risk/rewards of such a setup; the increase in speed is usually not offset by the risk of failure of one of the drives (in which case, you lose all of your data on both drives).  You may forget someday that the setup is volatile and put something important on the array without a backup; a crash would be an expensive reminder.  You've got a nicely working PC, so experiment only when the downside is not so great or when you've gained a lot of experience in this field.
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jamesg1940Author Commented:
Thank u for the tech. & general use advice. I might try the RAID with my 2nd PC that I recently built with nice new parts for just $120. I won't risk the $1,600. super Vista custom built rig.
I'm thankful I was humble enough to also ask my second part question, which should've been my initial query, ie."why perform such a tech. procedure".
Best to you,
Jim aka Vineyardtechie
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