How to Clone Raid Disk with Raid Cloning Software

Jean updated on Apr 12, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Why do users need to clone RAID?

Why do computer users need to clone RAID array, especially Windows Server users need to do RAID cloning? Generally speaking, they need to clone RAID array regularly in order to upgrade disk or migrate data from small disk to a larger one. A typical example is that when the partitions on the hardware RAID runs out of space, you may prefer to rebuild the hardware RAID with larger hard disks. Then, you need to backup the data to another place, rebuild the hardware RAID and restore data again. What a time-consuming task! But Is it possible to clone RAID disk in a safe and easy way? The answer is yes. And this article will introduce you how to do this job easily with EaseUS RAID cloning software.

Brief Introduction of RAID

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks which is the organization of multiple disks into a large, high-performance logical disk. Disk arrays stripe data across multiple disks and access them in parallel to achieve higher data security or data transfer rates. According to various combinations of approaches giving different levels of protection against data loss, capacity, and speed, several levels of RAID are available, including RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 2, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 10 (1+0), etc.

How to clone RAID array with EaseUS RAID cloning software

Raid cloning software - EaseUS Todo Backup, file-by-file, and sector-by-sector disk cloning, both Windows application and WinPE bootable disk support RAID array. It is the easiest way to clone Raid drives. You just need to select the source disk and then choose the target disk. If you need a step by step instructions about how to clone RAID array with this program, just try the following steps.

1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click Clone.

2. Select source raid disk you want to clone and the destination disk. Sector by sector clone option enables you to clone all sectors from source disk to destination disk.

Select source disk to clone raid disk

3. Preview the disk layout after cloning.

Select destination disk to clone raid disk

4. Click NEXT to execute raid disk clone.

Generally, every software supports hardware RAID array under Windows, but little of them support RAID array with the bootable disk, so if you need to restore or clone by bootable disk, these products are useless. Fortunately, EaseUS Todo Backup provides WinPE bootable disk, with which you can backup/restore or clone RAID array easily without entering Windows.

 
 

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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.

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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.