Restore from non-RAID backup file to RAID 1 system
I am new to Acronis and I need a little help. I got a computer that has a RAID controller and two identical hard drives, but the RAID was not configured. As I learned, in order to turn on RAID 1 I have to install everything again, from the operating system to all the programs. I have a system backup from the current non-RAID configuration in an external drive made with True Image 2018. My idea is to restore this backup after I setup RAID 1. Do you guys think that his will work? My hope is to avoid installing all the programs again. I want to turn on RAID 1 for redundancy, but I am also open to other suggestions. Thank you for your time.
Osvaldo, welcome to these public User Forums.
If your new RAID disk array will present as if it is a single drive, then you should be able to recover your ATI 2018 system backup image to it.
You will need to create the ATI 2018 Rescue Media to use for this purpose as this type of recovery needs to be done from the bootable media environment.
See KB 60820: Acronis True Image 2018: how to create bootable media - for the process needed.
See also KB 59877: Acronis True Image: how to distinguish between UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot modes of Acronis Bootable Media - which is very important as you need to match the boot mode of your Windows OS when recovering from the boot media.
If the Acronis Rescue Media does not see your RAID disk array as a single drive when booted, then you will need to use the MVP Custom ATIPE builder tool to create a different version of the boot media and inject the extra RAID drivers needed for your system. The MVP tool includes the Intel RST RAID drivers which should work with most Intel based RAID systems. Link below.
Note: You ATI 2018 system backup must be a full disk & partitions backup that includes all partitions on your OS drive, i.e. includes hidden / system partitions required for Windows to boot correctly.
Thank you Steve for your prompt reply.
I am processing the information on the MP tool. However, I have one additional question before proceeding. When I did the system backup, it also backed up some information on the second drive (D), which will not be in the system when I create the RAID 1. Wouldn't that create a conflict? I did not see an option in Acronis to recover only the C drive... Should I do another backup without the D drive installed?
It would be simpler to have a new backup without the second drive D: included if that really is a second physical drive and not just a partition on the first one.
Thank you very much for your help, but unfortunately, the theory did not work.
I created a backup without the D drive and tried to restore with both the standard bootable media and the MVP tool. In both cases, the program identified two drives instead of a single RAID drive. In addition, the bootable Acronis software claimed that the hard drive was damaged, but all the other tests that I performed showed that the RAID drives had not issues.
I finally gave up when, in one attempt, the system completely hang up and I had to do a hard reset. I restore my system by reinstalling everything that did not survive the RAID conversion process...