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    Hello,

    Here's the situation:
    - Vista Sp1
    - 5 HDD
    - 4 of the HDD are my storage (3 X 500 Gb + 1 X 1000 Gb)
    - my storage is all shown as one unique virtual partition (dynamic disks expended)
    - the space left at the moment is 900 Gb
    - The disks are connected through SATA at the moment.
    - I need to move my storage out of the PC for the following reasons:
    >>>>>>>>>>> Not enough space left in my PC case
    >>>>>>>>>>> Too much heat generated causes failures and hangs
    >>>>>>>>>>> I cannot add anymore HDDs

    My thoughts:
    - Buy an external storage case that can house 4 or more HDDs
    - Connect it to my PC through > ? (ethernet?, USB? FireWire? else?)

    My problem:
    - Is it possible to migrate a Dynamic disk set to RAID 0?
    - I don't want to loose data. Is there a risk?
    - I don't have an alternate disk to make a backup
    - Is there a way to keep my configuration as Dynamic but connected externally, not SATA?

    Thanks

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    I haven't worked with vista DDs, but i have on 2k/xp.

    DDs are based on the OS, so you couldn't just move it to an external enclosure. The enclosure would have its own setup, probably linux.

    you cannot just split up a RAID0, in any case. it is a single set. if you lose one drive, you lose it all.

    you cannot have an external drive as part of the array. even if it did work, it would be way too slow.

    why did you make such a large array if you don't have a backup? you should have a backup plan regardless of your setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midknyte
    I haven't worked with vista DDs, but i have on 2k/xp.

    DDs are based on the OS, so you couldn't just move it to an external enclosure. The enclosure would have its own setup, probably linux.

    you cannot just split up a RAID0, in any case. it is a single set. if you lose one drive, you lose it all.

    you cannot have an external drive as part of the array. even if it did work, it would be way too slow.

    why did you make such a large array if you don't have a backup? you should have a backup plan regardless of your setup.
    Hello,

    If only I knew then....
    Anyway. These are the facts now.
    I am ready to consider any solution.
    For example is it possible to turn a dynamic disk to basic AND retain the data on each of the disks?
    If so then I'll probably be able to put them in an external storage case and access them like any physical external disk.

    Ideas please, ideas....

    Thanks

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    >>dynamic disk to basic AND retain the data on each of the disks?
    you can't convert back to basic without repartitioning/formatting. you would have to delete all partitions before you can revert back to basic. by removing the RAID0 partition on one drive, you break the array on all drives.

    you don't have many options. backup your data then reformat the drives. if you didn't have a backup plan before, this is the time to implement one.

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