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Can I transfer 2 RAID 1 mirrors from Windows 7 to Win8.1

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    Can I transfer 2 RAID 1 mirrors from Windows 7 to Win8.1


    I have 2 RAID 1 mirrors (2 pairs of 2Tb discs) on an i7 870 on GA-P55A-UD7 (Gigabyte) motherboard under Win 7 64bit.

    I have ordered a new desktop (i7 4771 on Asus Z87 DELUXE/DUAL MB) (hopefully with 8.1 on it (another thread))

    When I get my new desktop will I be able to transfer the two RAID 1 mirrors from the Win7 desktop to the Win8.1 desktop and have them work properly?

    I hope! I hope!

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    don't know much about raid ,except for when I first googled it years ago that it was not recommended for average computer user because of the fault /failure rate of it .below is basically what I read years a go and why I never ever used it
    this from the link I provided ,in the link some say it will work so say it won't ,but they are just discussing win7 to win7 ,not to win8
    [When re-installing Windows, keep in mind that using a RAID array is counter-productive in a home environment:

    • It provides no protection against 99% of all problems that home users encounter (e.g. user error, virus infection, file system corruption, file corruption, bad drivers, registry problems, loss of data due to lack of external backup etc.). RAID is NOT some advanced type of data backup solution!
    • It adds a level of complexity that can cause big problems unless you're an expert on RAID arrays and drivers. What would you do, for example, if one or the other disk failed?]


    anyway I didn't think it would be possible to move it to 8 ,so I google and found this info ,good luck
    How to move Windows 7 raid 1 drives to a new computer? - Microsoft Community


    just curious, why do you use raid in you windows setup
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    Central IL
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    If you are just moving the drives over from one motherboard to the other, you are going to run into issues with Windows. The question is, what are you using the Raid setup for. The other is. Are you keeping the other box still, and just wanting to know if you can move the info from one unit to the other across the LAN.

    Really need a more descriptive reasoning in exactly what you are going to be doing with both machines. As for moving the drives, you can move them to any system you want. The problem lies in the fact that the Raid hardware on one motherboard, may not understand how the other motherboard created the Raid, when the drives were installed on the old one.

    If you are going to retire the other system. I would set it up as a FreeNas unit. That way you can set it up with as large of a Raid as you wish. Just remember that you have to have a backup plan for all of that data, you plan on storing on the FreeNas system.
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    It is important to understand that RAID in any form is not a backup solution. It's purpose is to maintain access to your data in the event of a drive failure. That is a big deal on a busy server, not so much on a home system. It's purpose is not to protect your data. It will offer protection only from drive failure and you can't even rely on that. It provides no protection whatsoever from other causes of data loss.

    To protect your data you need backups. There is no substitute.
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    LMiller7, no one ever stated that Raid was intended for backup of data. I do not know where you got that from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    LMiller7, no one ever stated that Raid was intended for backup of data. I do not know where you got that from.
    I am well aware of that. It is just that since RAID (in any form) is so widely misunderstood that I thought it important to emphasize what it is and what it is not. It was written not just for the original poster but for those who will be reading this at a later date.
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    to bad the original poster wouldn't come back ,I was interested in seeing there comments on why they are using it
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    Same here caperjack. Guess that we will never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    LMiller7, no one ever stated that Raid was intended for backup of data. I do not know where you got that from.
    I am well aware of that. It is just that since RAID (in any form) is so widely misunderstood that I thought it important to emphasize what it is and what it is not. It was written not just for the original poster but for those who will be reading this at a later date.
    I really do not know who those people are. Anyone that asks about a RAID, know what they are using it for.
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    I really do not know who those people are. Anyone that asks about a RAID, know what they are using it for.
    In my experience a substantial percentage, if not the majority, know very little of what RAID is.
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