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I am moving my Raid 0 array to a new desktop computer. I have duped the raid 0 Volume (C drive) to a reformatted ATA drive (designated E drive when formatted). Then I changed the boot order in the BIOS to boot from ATA and removed the SCSI devise from the boot order. Boot fails and does not seem to recognize the ATA drive as bootable. Am I making an error in how I duplicated or do I need to fiddle with the image on the ATA since it was set up to boot on a raid array.

Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

Maxtor OneTouch USB Disk (300.00 GB) -- drive 2

SiI RAID 0 Set [Hard drive] (148.71 GB) -- drive 1, rev 2.00, SMART Status: Healthy

WDC WD800JB-00CRA1 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMA8E5970754, rev 17.07W17, SMART Status: Healthy

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I am moving my Raid 0 array to a new desktop computer. I have duped the raid 0 Volume (C drive) to a reformatted ATA drive (designated E drive when formatted).





Retrospect Duplicate does not clone your drive, if cloning is what you are trying to do. To convince yourself of that, compare the size of your duplicated C drive to the original C drive. You will find quite a difference, the difference being your registry among other things.

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Thanks and Roger that... I found a .2 GB differnece


I want to keep my old computer operational with the current load of software until I can transition to my new box The raid array is going into the new system and will get a fresh windows install.


I will read up on back up and emergency disk to see if this is the way to go.

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I will read up on back up and emergency disk to see if this is the way to go.



This is what my manual says about Restoring your complete system (note the highlighted area):




Just a word of advice picked up from an imaging forum re: cloning. After finishing the restoration to a new drive, make sure you disconnect the old drive before rebooting to prevent confusion in the assignment of drive letters. Good luck!

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Thanks! Retrospect also gave me the following set of instructions when creating the disaster recovery ISO image file. Thanks for the tip on not confusing the drive letters. I am going to try these intructions this weekend. I hope for the best and thanks again.


Preparing for Disaster Recovery




Make sure the following items are available before beginning Disaster Recovery:



- All disks for Backup Set:


"Drive C back up"


- The Retrospect Disaster Recovery CD created from the bootable ISO image you prepared with the Disaster Recovery preparation Wizard


- A printout of these instructions


Performing Disaster Recovery




These are two main steps involved in Disaster Recovery:


1. Installing a temporary Windows XP OS.

2. Restoring the system volume using a Retrospect Snapshot.



This process is automated and begins when you start the computer using the Retrospect Disaster Recovery CD.






Installing the OS




1. Start your computer using the Disaster Recovery CD you prepared using Retrospect.




If your computer will not start from the CD, you may need to change the boot order settings of your computer's BIOS. (Refer to the computer's documentation to change its BIOS settings to allow it to boot from the CD drive.)




If you still cannot get your computer to boot from the Disaster Recovery CD, you will not be able to restore your computer using these instructions. Refer to the "Restoring an Entire Windows Computer" section in Chapter 7 of the Retrospect User's Guide for an alternate (manual) procedure.




2. Retrospect automatically loads any third-party drivers for your computer's hardware that were present on your system when the Disaster Recovery CD was created. If there have been any hardware changes since you created the CD, you may need to manually load the necessary drivers at the appropriate time.




3. Windows XP Setup displays a list of partitions on the computer. If you wish to modify partitions, you may do so from this screen. If the partitions are set up correctly, select the partition you are planning to restore and press Enter.




4. Windows XP Setup begins installing a temporary operating system based on your previous system. During this operation, you may be prompted for device drivers. These drivers are saved in the \DRIVERS\ folder of the Retrospect Disaster Recovery CD.




When the temporary OS and device drivers are installed, the computer restarts.






Restoring the System Volume




When the computer restarts, Retrospect automatically launches and opens the Disaster Recovery Wizard.




1. The first window of the Disaster Recovery Wizard displays the name and date of the Snapshot that was used to create the Disaster Recovery CD. To restore from this Snapshot, click Next.






If the Catalog File was too large to fit on the Retrospect Express Disaster Recovery CD you will be prompted to insert each member of the Backup Set.




You may also update your Catalog File from the media to restore a more recent Snapshot from this Backup Set:


"Drive C back up".




Selecting the Update option will prompt you to insert all members of your Backup Set that have been written to since the Retrospect Express Disaster Recovery CD was created.








It is also possible to recreate a Catalog File from a different Backup Set's media if it contains a more recent backup. The alternate Backup Set must be saved on the same type of media as the Backup Set that was used to prepare for Disaster Recovery.




NOTE: The first time the Disaster Recovery Wizard launches, it does so under a very minimal install of the temporary operating system that does not include Windows Explorer or any other Windows components. If Retrospect is unable to perform the restore operation (for example, if network access is required) and you cancel the Wizard before the system volume is restored, see "Cancelling the Disaster Recovery Wizard" at the end of this file.




2. The next window displays the drive that Retrospect will restore and the Snapshot that the restore will be based on. Verify that this information is correct. To make changes, click Modify. To restore additional drives, click Add from the Drive selection window.




Once the correct drive(s) and Snapshot(s) show in the drive selection window, click Next.




3. Put the first member of Backup Set in your backup


device and click Next. This will start the restore


procedure. If additional members of your Backup Set


are required, insert them when prompted.


Backup Set: "Drive C back up".








4. When Retrospect finishes the restore, click Finish to restart your computer. The initial startup may take longer than usual since Retrospect removes the temporary operating system used during the restore process. When prompted, log in to Windows with an appropriate name and password.




6. A service installed by Retrospect starts and restores the COM+ Class Registration and your system's registry. When this process is complete, you may be prompted to restart the computer.




7. After you restart, your computer is ready to use. Congratulations!

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Restoring to a new drive is fine. Technically you should use the same partition scheme as when you ran the backup but it isn't that critical.


FWIW Retrospect professional will allow you to duplicate bootable drives. Just be sure to mark the destination partition as active. The first time you boot the new drive use a DOS boot disk and type FDISK /MBR to update the master boot record.




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The first time you boot the new drive use a DOS boot disk and type FDISK /MBR to update the master boot record.





Hi Nate.. I tried the "fdisk /mbr" command using WinME DOS-emulation disk created using WinXP (in WinXP HE, My Computer, right-click A: drive, choose to Format\Create an MS-Dos startup disk). The command does not work. See Kawecki's Trick in this Dan Goodell article.








According to this one has to use a Win98 boot floppy or a Win98 Startup Disk, although any Win9X Startup Disk would probably have the required fdisk.exe file.

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