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computer build
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Brandon M. replied 4 years ago.
Hello, my name is Brandon and I would be happy to help you.

I must say, that is one serious setup you have there. Not even going to ask what kind of pricetag. Haha.

Anyway, when you say you want to transfer Windows 7 to your SSD, are you looking to image your existing system and re-deploy it onto different hardware without having to fresh install the OS and software?

For #2, there are quite a few RAID choices and it all depends on what you are looking for out of the RAID. Speed? Redundancy? Both? Expandibility? Check out this article on the most common RAID setups and what their pros and cons are:

As for #3, what are your existing drives? Are then in a different computer?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Brandon,appreciate response .

Serious set up = mid-age crisis and can't afford sports car.

First new build in 5 years.Last one a monster , have to give current to child as gift when flying nest.

I'm looking for serious redundancy & speed if poss. Emphasis on redundancy & back-up.

Raid choices limited by mobo 0 1 5 & 10 I think..

I was hoping to clone (image?) OS,with if , possible,transferring lightroom and photoshop as well onto to ssd to use as boot drive and move info from existing hdd's to sshds in new build ,then make new 'puter with original info & delete old hdd's for for re-use.

Is this possible ? I need an old man's walk-through.

PLEASE do not give this any thought, or answer, until I can get a response from just answer as to why I cannot access my account and move funds,which they have, x 2, from them to you.







Expert:  Brandon M. replied 4 years ago.

I will have customer service contact you about this issue. Should I wait to hear from you?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes please ,still waiting response from customer services, 4 hour turnaround , seriously need advice , Thanks for patience .



Customer: replied 4 years ago.

OK , All sorted I think, fire away.


Basic problem:


raid setup on mobo


transferring os and data to new set-up


like to avoid fresh install , but not really that bothered if date retained





Expert:  Brandon M. replied 4 years ago.

Good to hear from you. Glad you got it sorted out.

Ok, so RAID setup, you will want RAID 10. This requires a minimum of 4 drives. It will stripe two together (2 x 2TB = 4TB) and then mirror those two for redundancy. So you will end up with a single 4TB partition but it's mirrored onto two of the other drives in the event something happens to one. You will need to check the manual for your motherboard to see how to setup the RAID. If it is a typically Intel RAID ROM, you just need to enable RAID in the BIOS/UEFI, then you should see a prompt after POST to enter RAID setup. Create a new volume, select the 4 drives and set the RAID type to RAID 10 (also written as RAID 1+0).

It is generally not a good idea to move over an existing OS install because of the way the OS was configured. Every OS install is catered to the hardware it is installed on. If you really wanted to do this, you would need to image the existing computer and apply that image to the new system. Like I said, it's not a good idea but I suppose it is possible. If you want stability and reliability, I highly suggest a fresh install.

To get the data to the new system, if you have free ports on your board, you can just plug those drives in and copy the data off once you have a working system. Or, you can get an external enclosure to put them in and attach it to the computer via USB/eSATA/Thunderbolt.

Let me know your thoughts or if you have any questions.

Best regards,
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