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Additional RAID

Many have asked me how I actually can create and have an additional raid.

Assuming you are using the Intel’s raid1 for mirroring of you system drives and you want to protect your data as well. Here it is how it is done:

1.    Due to the paging file setup on the data drive it will be listed in the Intel Rapid Storage Technology as a system drive
•    System protection > Advanced > Change > Data %DriveLetter% no paging file > Set restart
With this step the drive becomes a non-system drive thus enabling the RAID creation.

2.    Shutdown, plug in the new HDD or SSD with the same size, format it and then copy the files from the original data drive to the new (this is good practice and data backup measure).
•    Please note if you are reusing a disc and it possess and old RAID table then convert that to a non-Raid disk.
3.    Open the Intel Rapid Storage Technology application and click on the new tab create
•    Click on RAID1 (for mirroring)
•    Select the two identical discs (for example 750GB, up to 2TB supported by Intel RST)


•    Important!!! Below this menu there is another one regarding the backup of data from one of the HDDs
•   The original Data disk must be chosen as the source of the information on the new RAID1 (if for any reason the original HDD cannot be chosen, the data should be copied to the new drive and it should be chosen as the source drive).

•    Continue and check if the new RAID is successfully created.
4.    Set the paging file to be created on the new RAID (following the steps from 1 with paging file)
 

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