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  1. I'm running Intel Matrix Storage Console 8.9 on Win7 x64. I have my OS and apps on an SSD (drive C) and my data on 2 HDDs configured as a RAID1 (mirror; drive E). Earlier today I accidentally split the RAID. I only noticed when I booted my system and realized everything was suddenly about 6 months old (calendar entries in Outlook, files, folders, etc.); nothing newer than 6 months ago was anywhere to be found on my E drive (the RAID). That's when I noticed the drive was now two drives, D & E. The data on the D drive was current. As I write this, I'm rebuilding the RAID (I was careful to boot with the out-of-date drive unplugged, then rebooted with it plugged in), but I was surprised to discover this discrepancy between the two drives. It's as if one of the drives hasn't been updated in 6 months. Shouldn't they be identical? Shouldn't the Matrix Storage Manager throw an error if they're not when Windows loads? Thanks for comments.
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    Wireless NAS suggestions

    I'll size the enclosure to the h/w. I'll probably just get some standard Pelican case. I'd rather not go through the hassle of building a whole PC for this. Why wouldn't something like this ( with a wireless bridge (e.g. or game adapter attached to the Ethernet port work? I'm even wondering what would happen if I slapped a WiFi dongle onto the USB port of an external HDD (not sure how I'd get power to it in that case, or how it would log onto the network).
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    Wireless NAS suggestions

    Thanks for your detailed reply, MRFS. Comments below. > I don't like WiFi networks It's necessary for this application. > Then, XCOPY will work by doing both READs and WRITEs ... I need this to work with my backup s/w, Acronis, which recognizes network drives. I'll manually access the drive rarely. The UEBO looks good on paper but almost all the negative comments (including the cons given by people who otherwise rate the device positively) indict the HDD in one way or another. The Panasonic device looks like it's just an interface between your Android device and TV. There's no mention of what type of HDD, or how many, it can accommodate, or the capacity of an embedded one if it comes with one. I don't think it has one or can accept one. The Synology box looks like it's close to what I'm looking for except there's a big fan on the back ( My application won't permit any air circulation, so I think anything with a fan will be a no-go. Finally, the LaCie (like the Seagate WIreless Plus I mentioned previously) is intended to be the router on the network, not an attachment to an existing network. The latter is what I need. Thanks for your reply, Brian. This thing's going in a weatherproof box in the backyard. The only physical connection it will have is to AC. The ideal product, as I envision it, would be a single HDD with some sort of NAS stack and WIFi built-in. Without a fan. Doesn't seem that hard to me, but I guess there aren't many people out there with similar requirements, or someone would have built one.
  4. I'd like to put a backup HDD on my WiFi network. It seems to me this would be a NAS with WiFi built-in, but I'm not finding anything like this. I suppose I could plug a WiFi dongle into a regular NAS and that might give me what I want, but I'd think someone would already make a product like this (with WiFi built-in). Maybe I'm not searching on the right terms. Seagate's Wireless Plus seems perfect, except it wants to be the hub of the network, not an attachment to another network, so no deal. Any suggestions? Thanks.
  5. Sorry for all the newb questions, Brian. Just trying to ensure I don't decapitate my system while doing this. If I disconnect the drives and boot from the SSD, if there are any files on the D: partition the system wants to access, will D: not being available be a problem? E.g., I don't know offhand where my swap file is, but I can find it and, if need be, move it to the SSD. I'm wondering about other files I CAN'T think of.
  6. Thanks again, Brian. What do you mean when you suggest "removing" the other drive from the system (it's actually two drives configured as a raid 1)? Switch them off in the BIOS, boot, make sure everything's fine with Windows and the SSD, then reboot, switching them back on in the BIOS? I'd rather not reformat (beyond removing the old C: partition to reclaim it's space in the D:) since all my data's there, and it would be nice to not have to restore it.
  7. Thanks for the concise reply, Brian. Per my original post, if I change the drive letters in Windows, how do I avoid a momentary conflict over which drive is designated C:, or momentary loss of any drive designated C:? Or doesn't it matter? I assume to boot off the SSD I just move it to the top of the boot order list in the BIOS. If so, what happens to the C: partition on my HDD? Will Windows automatically assign it the next available drive letter (I: in this case)? I'd like my D: partition to remain D: Basically, it sounds like I can just clone my C: partition to the SSD, relabel the SSD in Windows or reboot (moving the SSD to the top of the boot list in the process), and I'm done. Is that pretty much it? Involute
  8. I'm running Win7 x64 with 2 600GB HDDs configured as a RAID 1. They're partitioned as a C: and D: drive, with my OS and apps on C:. I'd like to boost my performance by adding an SSD and moving all the stuff on C: to it. I've already bought and installed the SSD and it works fine, but I haven't performed the transfer because I have the following questions: 1. I use Acronis True Image Home 2011 for my backups. If I do a complete system backup of my C: drive with it, will it be sufficient to simply restore that archive to the SSD to get everything I need over there (I know there's more to the transfer than that (see below); I'm just talking about the raw move of the files)? 2. Do I need to do a sector-by-sector backup first? 3. Do I need to worry about sector alignment? 4. How do I turn on TRIM? I have a Corsair Nova V128 which supports it. 5. Should I set the SSD's partition to Active before or after the transfer? 6. How do I change the SSD's drive letter to C: without screwing up my system? It seems to me there always has to be a C: drive somewhere for my apps and OS to run, so I can't change the old C: partition to something else before setting the SSD to C:, because I'd momentarily be without a C: drive. On the other hand, if I change the SSD to C: first, I'll momentarily have two C: drives. Thanks for your help.
  9. So I have a WinXP system with two 150GB SATA drives configured as a RAID 1 via the onboard Intel 631xESB/632xESB RAID controller. Got down to my last 10GB or so and decided it was time for new drives. I bought two 600GB SATAs and formatted each with a single 600GB primary partition. I figured I'd swap them, one at a time, for the 150s, letting the RAID rebuild each, and then see one logical drive with 600GB of capacity and a single 150GB partition, which I'd just drag to fill the whole drive using any partition management app. Everything worked great except that last part. The various partitioning apps I've tried only see a single 150GB drive, with no space to expand into. The BIOS and Intel's Matrix Storage Console both see the two drives, with 600GB of capacity. Any ideas for how to reclaim all my tasty new space? Thanks.
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    Need ideas for proper data backup

    I have a RAID 1 in my desktop PC, As far as disk crashes are concerned, it's far superior to backing up since it takes no action on my part and is as current as my last changed file. Nevertheless, it doesn't protect against my house burning down. For that I was using a fire/waterproof external HDD which died just as I was outgrowing it. I haven't replaced it because I was never comfortable with the fact that I'd have to send the drive to the manufacturer to extract the data if it ever actually was exposed to fire/water. And who knows if it would work anyway? The solution I'm now testing out is using Acronis True Image Home to do a complete system backup to an ordinary external HDD each night, after which the backup is encrypted and validated, and the system shut down, all automatically by Acronis. Periodically (once a week? I'm still evolving this strategy), I'll swap this disk for a second one in my earthquake kit in my backyard (I live in LA), in a piece of watertight Tupperware. If someone steals it, good luck breaking 256-bit AES. I think this is more convenient than, and at least as safe as, putting the drive in a bank vault. Plus, if one of my RAID drives ever fails, I can just replace it with one of the backup drives and be up and running as soon as the RAID rebuilds itself; replacing the backup drive through the mail would be less pressing.
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    How do you upgrade a RAID 1?

    Thanks again, Gilbo. One last question (hopefully). Does partitioning a RAID work the same way as partitioning a single, physical drive? The RAID looks like a single drive to my partitioning s/w, but I've only used it to partition single, external drives, not the RAID.
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    How do you upgrade a RAID 1?

    Thanks, Gilbo. That sounds pretty straightforward and just what I was looking for, but it's prompted some other questions. Can I just plug in bare drives straight from the factory, or do I have to format them first? If the latter, does it matter what the partition size is, as long as it's at least as big as the one on the original drives? Finally, is my Win XP system likely to be usable while the rebuilding is going on, or is it going to have to be left alone? And, TSullivan, the RAID is controlled by my Dell Precision 490 motherboard (I assume a chip). Since I don't have external RAID h/w, I'm going to have to do this one drive at a time.
  13. I have 2 drives configured as a RAID 1 running under WinXP Pro. They're running low on space so I'm thinking of upgrading them. How's the process different from upgrading a single drive? Do I just clone the logical drive, remove the 2 old ones, plug in the newly cloned one, confirm the system boots, than plug in the second drive and let the RAID genii rebuild it? Thanks for the help.