How to Clone RAID Disk Safely and Easily

Jean updated on Apr 08, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Why Clone RAID Array

"My old RAID drive is not large enough and I want to migrate data from the small disk to a larger one without any data loss in my server. Is there any way to do this?"

This is a RAID user's question. Generally, this is a common request as the RAID users. How to solve it? Clone RAID disk is a good way, by which small RAID disk can be upgraded or migrated data to a larger one and all operating system and applications are fully functional. This is an easy and convenient method. In order to understand RAID clone, let's learn some knowledge of RAID.

RAID, short for Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks, a category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for fault tolerance and performance improvement. RAID disk drives are used frequently on servers but aren't generally necessary for personal computers. RAID allows you to store the same data redundantly (in multiple paces) in a balanced way to improve overall performance which offers superior read/write performance, storage capacity and reliability over older storage solutions. There are different RAID levels and RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 is the most common used.

How to Clone RAID with EaseUS RAID Clone Software

To clone RAID to another disk safely, reliable software is a good choice. EaseUS Todo Backup is RAID clone software, which is file-by-file disk cloning and both Windows version and WinPE bootable CD support RAID array. It is easy to clone RAID drive by following steps.

Important
If the source disk contains the Windows boot partition, to make the computer boot normally, use the 'System Transfer' method instead of the following standard disk-cloning method. 

1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Clone.

2. Select the source raid disk and the destination disk. Click Proceed.

Select source disk to clone raid disk

3. You can preview the disk map after cloning by click "Layout". Sector by sector clone option enables you to clone all sectors from the source disk to the destination disk.

Select destination disk to clone raid disk

4. Click NEXT to execute raid disk clone.

Preview source disk and destination disk after raid clone

Generally, EaseUS Todo Backup is useful software to clone RAID array. Besides, this RAID clone software can also back up RAID, restore RAID or restore RAID by bootable CD and so on.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.