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Make an image hard drives in server 2008 setup as raid 5

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hi experts,

 I bought this computer with windows server 2008. I looked at "My Computer" and I saw the C drive was 500gb and then the D drive had 750gb. Then I looked at the raid configuration and noticed they were three hard drives. I think the 2 x 250gb are setup as raid 0 , and the 750 as raid1. I bought 2 x 2tb drives and I want to transfer the C drive to this new drive. Maybe create an image and then mount the 2tb drive and restore from image? Or how can I do it since the 2x250 drives are setup as raid 0? I don't want to re-install the OS  or loss any data .
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this is what I have, please see pics. What i want to do is image the C drive into a new 2TB drive and then mirror the 2 x 2tb drives.
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rindi earned 500 total points
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You aren't using RAID 0, but rather RAID 5, with 1 disk that has failed.

With windows 2008 you should be able to use the integrated backup utility to image your system. Then remove the RAID 5 array and add your new disks (make sure you have enterprise class disks, anything else will make your RAID array to fail sooner than later), and build the new RAID 1 array with them. After that use the 2008 DVD to restore the image you made. You will probably need the RAID controller's driver on a USB stick so the DVD sees your new RAID array.

You can of course use another backup utility, like CloneZilla which is on the PartedMagic LiveCD:

http://partedmagic.com
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Great, thanks!
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