Quick question about SSD's Disk Management, and Pretend Raid

  1.    17 Jan 2018 #1

    Quick question about SSD's Disk Management, and Pretend Raid

    I was running out of space on my 500Gb SSD, I purchased another and went about trying to create a stripe using my motherboard, it wasnt happening too well, so I joined the two SSD's using Disk Management, now I have 1TB using the two drives.
    Now, on to my question. Does anyone know if the info is stored on the drives for the "stripe" so if I have to reinstall Windows will the "stripe" show back up or will I have to rebuild it and loose everything on the drives???
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  2.    17 Jan 2018 #2

    Sounds like a RAID 0 configuration which simply adds the storage of one drive to another. The "stripe" is redundant data coped from one member of a RAID array to one or more other members. In your current setup, there is no stripe, period. With RAID 0 you MUST backup the array before you can break it into individual, distinct and discrete drives. If you attempt otherwise, you will lose everything stored in that array.
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  3.    17 Jan 2018 #3

    It looks like you're talking about a "spanned volume" in Windows parlance - I don't believe Windows can do actual striping. With RAID-0 striping disk blocks are evenly spread across drives at the hardware or driver level; with spanning you're literally just sticking the space of the 2nd disk to the end of the 1st disk.

    Spanned disks are a type of Dynamic Disk - metadata for these are stored in a hidden partition on the drive. If you reinstall Windows the Dynamic Disk information will be maintained as long as you don't clear out the hidden partition.

    For instance: I created a spanned volume ("New Volume") across 2 drives and then booted into Windows setup. It detected the spanned volume and after I reinstalled Windows to partition 4, all the stuff in the spanned volume was still there.

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  4.    17 Jan 2018 #4

    Just saw this item on SuperUser, which (briefly) describes a successful data recovery strategy from a broken pair of spanned volumes. could be just the ticket to helping you fix your problem: Mirrored Drives both failed after windows reinstall - Super User.
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  5.    17 Jan 2018 #5

    Exactly the info I was hoping for......

    Thanks guys

    I am contemplating getting a raid card from ebay, dont really need it, it's just kinda fun playing with such things....

    Thanks again!!!!
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