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Convert RAID 0 to RAID 1

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We have a Dell R415 Windows 2008R2 Server in our Enterprise Environment that is running on RAID 0. The Server has a total of 4 drive bays which are all occupied and included in the RAID 0 Array.
The RAID Controller is a Perc 6/iR and according to Dell Support it will only handle RAID1 or RAID 0 - unfortunatley the latter was chosen by the previous IT Manager.
Current configuration = RAID 0 utilizing 4 drives at 278GB each with 160GB's of data currently on the Virtual Drive between 2 partions (2 partitions = OS & Data).

The Server is running 4 critial Systems (Hyper-v) and I would like to convert the current  RAID 0 Configuration to a RAID 1 w/hot spare.

I am looking for suggestions as to the best method to accomplish this reconfiguration.
The maximum amount of downtime I will be allowed to have is 12 hours before the Server needs to be put back into production. I believe the USB ports are 2.0.

I would like to avoid purchasing new hard drives but if it's necessay it can be done.
I do have Dell's openmanage currently installed on the server.

Thank you.
Sajid Shaik M
System Admin

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