I have Adaptec 3405 RAID controller as part of Win7 Pro 64bit system on ASUS P6T-WS motherboard. I have (2) Seagate Cheetah 146GB SAS HD (C: & D:) attached to the Adaptec card (No Raid). I believe they are what Adaptec refers to as "simple volumes" See attached screenshot. I also have (4) SATA, (2) eSATA, & (1) 500GB USB drive available.
My boot drive is running out of space. I would like to replace the boot drive with a larger Cheetah SAS drive and migrate the data (OS & Programs) to the new drive..
I know the basic procedure is to create image of drive C:, replace original drive with new one & initialize it as volume & restore image to new drive.
Sounds straightforward, but there seems to be ample room for gotchas & hiccups, such as:
1. How do I distinguish drive 0 from drive 1 on the Adaptec card?
2. How do I initialize the new drive as "simple volume?
3. If I use the USB drive to create the image, any special formatting needed?
4. When I boot from the recovery CD, which drives will be available to me?
5. If everything goes south, can I simply reconnect the original boot drive & be back in business?
I've never done this type of image & restore before. Can someone be kind enough to give me a step by step checklist and any tips? I really want to avoid reinstalling everything from scratch if humanly possible.
Thank you very much for your help.