1.    11 Apr 2016 #1
    Join Date : Apr 2016
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    win 10 pro

    Windows 10 raid 1 using windows raid


    Hello everyone. I'm new to the forum.

    I've added a hard drive to my system to enable raid 1 via windows 10 Pro (not hardware raid).

    my main drive has 4 partitions which were set up when I installed windows 8.1. I have since upgraded to 10 pro. I assume these partitions were there before the upgrade, but I could be wrong. The partitions are:

    300 MD Healthy (recovery partition), 100 mb healthy Healthy (EFI system partition), (C 3725.07 GB NTFS Resynching: (boot, page file, crash dump) and finally, 450 mb Healthy (recovery partition).

    I click on the C: partition and selected "Create mirror". It showed the new unformated drive. Clicked it, saw the message about turning the primary into a dynamic disk, said what the hell, and clicked go ahead.

    (I used Macrium Reflect free edition to create a copy which is the current drive c I am using in this experiment - my original drive C is sitting on my desk, safe and sound).

    The new drive (same manufacturer, model, size) is the mirror. On the new drive, I don't have those partitions, I've only got (C 3725.07 GB NTFS and 851 mg Unallocated (which equals the space of the other partitions from the primary drive that I am mirroring.

    So, my question is, in a 2 disk mirror, if one disk dies, the system is supposed to continue functioning. I should be able to pull the dead drive,. Then reboot and see my desktop. But, what about the missing partitions that seem not to be mirrored?

    I decided to use windows Raid vs hardware raid because I've read if I ever have to replace my motherboard with another that used a different controller, my raid will not function. Or something like that.

    In the meantime, both drives say they are Resynching at 6% (in disk management).

    Thoughts? Comments? Did I do something wrong? Etc, etc.

    Thank you!
    - Nelson
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  2.    11 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Stockport UK
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  3.    11 Apr 2016 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
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    Windows 10 Enterprise

    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonsdavis View Post
    I click on the C: partition and selected "Create mirror". It showed the new unformated drive. Clicked it, saw the message about turning the primary into a dynamic disk, said what the hell, and clicked go ahead.

    - Nelson
    Nelson, you only "mirrored" the partition. You needed to "mirror" the whole disk. Once the sync is done. Go back and break the mirror. Then remirror the whole disk. Hope this helps.
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  4.    11 Apr 2016 #4
    Join Date : Apr 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by play2mefish View Post
    Nelson, you only "mirrored" the partition. You needed to "mirror" the whole disk. Once the sync is done. Go back and break the mirror. Then remirror the whole disk. Hope this helps.
    Hi. Thanks for the tip. I broke the mirror, right clicked on the far left in disk manager, the left of disk 1 (in my case) the active bootable disk, and all choices are greyed out except Properties and Help. That disk is now a Dynamic disk. As I mentioned in my original post, there are four partitions on this disk. If I right click over each one, the only one that gives me choices to do anything is the (C 3725.07 GB NTFS (boot, page file, crash dump) partition. The others partitions have no choices to do anything. So, the only partition I can mirror is that one. Thoughts?
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  5.    11 Apr 2016 #5
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    Windows 10 Enterprise

    When you broke the mirror, you will need to delete the left over on that disk. Once that is done you should be able to mirror the whole disk. Providing of course the disk you are going to mirror too, is the same size or larger than main drive. Does this make sense???
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  6.    11 Apr 2016 #6
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    Thread Starter

    I clicked on C and removed the mirror, disk 2. Once I did that, disk 2 was now a basic disk with 3725.90 gb of unallocated space. Disk 1, my boot drive, has those four partitions I mentioned. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to take drive 2 (identical to drive one, model, capacity, etc) and use it as a raid 1 setup.
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  7.    24 May 2017 #7
    Join Date : May 2017
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    Windows 10

    Same Here


    Quote Originally Posted by nelsonsdavis View Post
    I clicked on C and removed the mirror, disk 2. Once I did that, disk 2 was now a basic disk with 3725.90 gb of unallocated space. Disk 1, my boot drive, has those four partitions I mentioned. For the life of me, I can't figure out how to take drive 2 (identical to drive one, model, capacity, etc) and use it as a raid 1 setup.
    I am having this exact issue. Did you by chance ever figure it out?
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