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how to unstrip a hard drive

Posted on 2009-05-19
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i have stripped two 1.5tb drives so it shows up as one drive with alomst 3Tb capacity. i want to undo this and just use one drive and have the other mirror/replicate the data. how can i do this?
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by:vikasjus
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What method you had used to stripe these drives. Was it software stripe or hardware stripe. based on your input i can give you best possible method to seprate them.
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by:datatechdc
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i used the windows based utility to do so. under disk management and layout it says Stripped
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by:vikasjus
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Ok do the following
First of all backup all data on stripe disk. This is because when you break stripe you will loose every thing that is saved on stripe disk.
Go to disk management and try to break stripe. I am not sure but your system will become unstable or it may not respond atall as you will be loosing stripe which has windows installation also.
The second option is start new installation of windows by putting installation cd and perform fresh installation.
Restore all your data and reinstall all application that is required by you.
Once this is done from disk manager you can create RAID-1 or mirror which will provide you what you are looking at.
any help required please post.
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by:datatechdc
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its only a data drive, has no windows installed on it...how do i break the strip?
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In this case. Just backup whatever is there on this stripe disk. Then go to disk management and right click on strip and delete it.
Post delete of stripe, disks will be seprate. On same disk right click and select RAID-1 and add second hard drive which will allow you to replicate data to second disk.
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