How to migrate my Windows XP machine from a SATA drive to Adaptec RAID Controller w/SAS drives?

Posted on 2008-11-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I need to migrate my entire system, from an old SATA drive to an Adaptec RAID Controller w/ 2 new SAS drives running RAID 0.  I am running Windows XP Pro, SP3.  I have Norton Ghost, but would be willing to buy whatever is necessary.  If I use Ghost, how do I use it as the current drive does not have drivers for the Adaptec controller?  Someone mentioned Sysprep, but I have never used it before.  I also have an external USB drive where I can store the data.  If I use Ghost to make an image, then do I install XP to the new RAID set?  And if so, when I restore from the image, won't that overwrite the boot parameters, not to mention erase the boot information required by the Adaptec card?
Question by:MichaelWade
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    Accepted Solution

    ghost probably won't work with RAID arrays;
    have a look at acronis trueimage (with universal restore) - this takes an image of a machine, and allows you to restore to different hardware (including raid arrays and virtual machines)
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    Expert Comment

    1 ) Are you sure you want RAID 0, which means that if either drive fails you lose EVERYTHING !!

    2) If you backup just the partitions, and then install the RAID drives, and restore the partitions after installing Windows, then you should be OK.

    The only thing that may change is the boot.ini file which you should keep a copy of on floppy if needed .

    I hope this helps !


    Author Comment

    I don't understand why ghost would or would not work with RAID.  That RAID part is handled by the caching controller.  But the point I'm trying to resulve is whether any of these image programs will work.  For example, I ghost the SATA drive (or true image it).  Then what?  I unplug that drive.  Pretend the SAS drive is not RAID.  Do I need to install XP on that new drive?  If I do, then restore the image, won't that overwrite the boot information I just loaded?  If I don't, how do I get XP on the new drive?  And if I get XP on the new drive, then restore the image, won't the new image NOT have the driver for the new controller/drive?  Thanks, Michael
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    Assisted Solution

    You need to create a boot disk (cd) from trueimage, and boot off that - this will start up a GUI which will allow you to access the image and dump it to the new drives, and it works from bare-metal setup.
    You do not need to install any OS onto the new drives first.
    I Just remember that we had some substantial issues trying to ghost servers with RAID arrays - couldn't do it.

    Author Closing Comment

    Absolutely fantastic!  I have to say that I didn't believe that it would work, but thought I would try it.  To may surprise it was the easiest transfer/installation/whatever that I have ever done.  I still don't understand how it does what it does, but it worked perfectly!  Thank you very much!!!

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