Cloning a Windows Xp single hard drive to RAID 0 array

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Oct 22 09:18:39 PDT 2007

On Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 04:30:38PM -0500, Jonathan Horne wrote:

> On Sunday 21 October 2007 08:55:31 Frank Gaenger wrote:
> > I have a system built on a Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5   motherboard. At
> > present it has only one 250GB SATA hard drive. I would like to modify
> > the system by installing two (2) SATA 320 GB drives in RAID
> > configuration. I have read the info on your web site about cloning a
> > hard drive to RAID configuration by using Acronis True Image software.
> > This article is silent on the matter of getting RAID and SCSI drivers
> > for Windows XP to use.
> >
> > My question is: How is the F6 requirement for loading RAID and SCSI
> > drivers handled. I have these drivers, copied to a floppy, from the
> > Gigabyte CD disk that came with the motherboard package. Would
> > appreciate some guidance on  this question.
> >
> > Thanks for the consideration.
> >
> > Frank
> er... thats a windows configuration question, that likely wont get answered 
> well here.

Actually, in a perverse way, you might actually be able to do it
with FreeBSD.   I think it would have to be FAT (32) partitions(slices)
built on the single drive and the raid entity and not NTFS.
Basically, you build the MS Filesystems using either something like
Partition Magic and then booting a FreeBSD fixit from CD and using
the CD based FreeBSD to copy the file systems from the single disk
to the raid.    I don't know if dump/restore will do it and get
all the MS junk, but it might.   Or you could try using dd.  If you
do use dd, then do it at the file system level and not the disk level.

Have fun trying.    If you do, let me know if it works.
Anyway, if it doesn't, you haven't lost anything except a little
time to experiment.    You will just have to find a different way.


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