adding a 2nd m.2 drive - imaging possible from original?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by klepp0906, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. klepp0906

    klepp0906 Limp Gawd

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    so long story short - i purchased a m.2 drive after having my mobo die. (figured good time to upgrade the rig)

    Eventually id like to add another m.2 and stripe them.

    If i were to spend the time between now and then setting up windows, id hate to have to dump the pc and begin anew. Is it possible to create an image from the initial windows install on the single m.2 drive, add the second m.2 and create the array, then restore the image to the newly created array?

    Thanks guys - couldnt find this info elsewhere with much accuracy.
     
  2. SolarBeam

    SolarBeam n00bie

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    it is possible to create an image from the initial windows install on the single m.2 drive, add the second m.2 and create the array, then restore the image to the newly created array. However, there is no 100% right way to do this. Everything depends on drives and the system where they will be placed.

    Links below could help:

    https://forum.acronis.com/forum/acr...esolved-restoring-single-ssd-image-raid-0-ssd

    https://social.technet.microsoft.co...new-raid-0-configuration?forum=w7itprogeneral

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/storage/69363-adding-raid-0-array-system-single-ssd.html

    https://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/...sd-to-raid-0-without-reinstalling-windows-10/

    https://social.technet.microsoft.co...ge-onto-new-raid-0-array?forum=w7itproinstall
     
  3. pendragon1

    pendragon1 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    if you activate the raid and run the single m2 off that then windows will have the driver already and you should be able to do what you want to do.
     
  4. somebrains

    somebrains Limp Gawd

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    It's be nice to have an image so you could try doing this multiple times, in case of component failure or you decide you want to explore things like install on pcie cards for cooling, etcetcetc.

    Do you have an appropriate sized SSD handy for a backup?