I bought a HTPC I plan on using as a NAS/HTPC combo, which has been working well for me for a while now. When I bought the machine from Dell, it came with 2 500GB HDDs in a RAID0 configuration as opposed to a single 1TB HDD as I expected. I have become increasingly concerned about losing my system setup and files, and I want to "upgrade" to a RAID1 with 2 2TB HDDs. What would be the easiest way to do this? I'm using windows 7.
Option1: Install 1 of the 2 2TB HDDS, and use Clonezilla to copy the RAID0 array to the new HDD. Boot into BIOS or gparted if it can handle it, and change the Raid level from 0 to 1. Install the second HDD and mirror.
Option2: Create a system image of the RAID0, and store it on an external harddrive. Swap the RAID0 harddrives, for the blank, 2TB HDDs and boot up in system recovery. Boot up to BIOS, and change the Raid level from 0 to 1. Restart, boot into system recovery, and restore the disk image to the new HDDs.
Option3: Install 1 of the 2 2TB HDDs and mirror the RAID0 data onto the 2TB drive. (This would be RAID01 w/ 3 drives...is that even possible?) Then, once it's mirrored, uninstall the 500GB HDDs, boot into the 2TB HDD and install the 2nd one, and mirror yet again.
Frankly, I have doubts whether any of the options will work. Is there a better solution?