How to Migrate a Vista x64 C: Partition from RAID1 HDDs to an Intel X25-M SATA SSD (Solid State Drive)?
Posted on 2011-03-11
I have a Dell Precision T3400 running Vista x64 Ultimate SP2 and the latest Dell Flash BIOS A11.
It has two Western Digital 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s hard disks configured in as RAID1 managed by an Intel ICH8R/ICH9R Raid controller.
The dual HDDs are logically partitioned into C: and B: drives.
I have Acronis True Image Workstation and take regular snapshots of my C: drive and have created a bootable CD-ROM.
But, my C: partition is only 60 GB and has only 2 GB of free space remaining.
I need to increase its size.
So, I purchased an Intel X25-M SATA Solid State Disk and installed it into the empty 3.5 inch HDD bay.
I connected the SSD to the power cable and plugged the data cable into my empty SATA4 slot on the motherboard.
Currently, my six SATA ports are allocated as follows:
SATA0 = 500GB Western Digital HDD
SATA1 = 500GB Western Digital HDD
SATA2 = TSSTcorpDVD-ROM TS-H353B
SATA3 = TSSTcorp DVD+/-RW TS-H653B
SATA4 = Intel X25-M SSD (unrecogized)
SATA5 = not used
SATA Operation is set to RAID Autodetect / AHCI = RAID if signed drives, otherwise AHCI
The boot sequence is set to:
1. Onboard or USB Floppy Disk (not present)
2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive (not present)
3. Intel ARRAY
4. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
5. Onboard Network Controller (not present)
6. USB Device
My Windows Vista registry entry for [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Msahci]
Start = 0x00000004 (4)
After rebooting, my system failed to recognize the new SSD. I could see no way of making it do so in the BIOS setup.
I need step-by-step instructions on how to get my PC to recognize the Intel SSD so that I can use Acronis to restore my C Drive image to it.
The instructions that you provide should answer the following questions:
+ How do I made sure my HDDs are still a RAID1 pair after the migration?
+ Do I need to unplug my HDDs from SATA0 and SATA1 before connecting my SSD?
+ Do I need to connect the SSD to my SATA0 port?
+ Do I need to enable ACHI in the BIOS? If so, when do I do so?
+ When do I use Intel's SSD Firmware Update Tool to upgrade the SSD firmware?