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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.

Jsrose

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Anyone?? I'm sure some kind soul familiar with Adaptec controllers can give me a little help. I'd appreciate any hints or advice.

Thanks

Jsrose

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1. How do I distinguish drive 0 from drive 1 on the Adaptec card?

By serial number once you enter the Adaptec card's BIOS.

Not terribly familiar with that Adaptec card so unfortunately beyond RTFM I do not have much specific advice to give.

4. When I boot from the recovery CD, which drives will be available to me?

What recovery CD? Where is this from? I am unclear why this is being mentioned...?

If you created a system image backup disc using Windows Backup then it should have the proper Adaptec driver (from your system image) already onboard and it will see whatever the RAID controller has configured in the RAID controller firmware....?

If you have something else then I am not sure what exactly you are referring to or its capabilities.

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Hello Continuum, thank you for your response:

#1. Good info, now I know, thanks.

#2. I read the documentation, but all the examples were for RAID-5. It didn't say much about "simple volumes" and I was afraid to look too far into the BIOS for fear that I would destroy something before I was ready.

#3. No longer an issue, it is formatted NTFS.

#4. This would actually be a "recovery DVD" created from the Win7 backup/restore application, but could also be the Win7 install DVD. I need to know which drive(s) would be visible so know where to create the drive image file.

#5. This is the most critical issue for me, it would be my "safety net" if everything falls apart.

Thanks again for your help.

Jsrose

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