Hard Disk Manager itself and all HDM-based products (Drive Copy, Disk Wiper, Partition Manager, Backup & Recovery and Migrate OS to SSD) have RAID support.
We support all types of RAID (hardware and software) on one condition: your RAID should be set up and be recognized by your operating system as a single disk.
When working in Windows environment there is no difference between hardware and software RAID (except software RAID is slower as software RAID setup’s push the RAID controlling duties onto the CPU). However, for some operations reboot is required to perform changes and here you might encounter difficulties because your software RAID might not be recognized as RAID during reboot – this means you can’t perform operations on it (it will result in error). We highly recommend using hardware RAID array.
File System Driver (FSD) products for Mac (such as NTFS for Mac and ExtFS for Mac) should work with RAID volumes if it’s supported and detected correctly by OS X.
Recovery Media and RAID
- If you have built into your motherboard Intel based SATA/RAID controller and you do not need any windows drivers to use/see it (you would have needed to load drivers when installing windows) you should not need to load driver’s in the recovery environment – just create WinPE and boot from it. If you installed drivers for your SATA/RAID controller, then you will need to add drivers during WinPE creation or after you load in WinPE environment (Load Drivers Wizard). You cannot add drivers to Linux based recovery media because it is hard-coded for hardware support. You can read more about adding drivers at different steps in this article.
- Again – we do not recommend using software RAID controllers (even the windows utility) because you then need the software running in the recovery environment in order to see the array, which can be problematic. However if you have to use software RAID then you need to add software raid drivers in WinPE image as described in above mentioned article.
If you encountered difficulties when setting up your SATA controller to RAID mode for copy/migration – read this article related to SATA controller mode issues.
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