Not sure if this is the correct place for the following help I'm looking for as it's somewhat of a hybrid Win7 / Win 10 questions, so if it needs to moved to the appropriate section, please feel free.
Anyway, I'm planning on upgrading my storage from a single 500 GB HDD to a 240GB SSD + 2x 1TB HDD. OS and programs will go in the SSD and am wanting to use the HDD in a RAID 1/mirror set-up. I've been doing some reading and I think I know the direction I want to go, but I still have a few questions and need to confirm some things. Also feedback on possibly doing it a different/better way would be appreciated.
It's a pretty basic system, but if it matters, these are what I am running now
- CPU: Intel i3 2100
- Motherboard: ASRock Z68
- RAM: Kingston 2x 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
- OS: Windows OS 7 Home Premium -> upgraded to Win 10 Home
Basic OS install to SSD
Installing an OS to an SSD I assume should be similar to installing to a HDD right? Just run the install media and follow the prompts? Does it need to be formatted a certain way? Are there diff. types of format I need to know/consider?
License Transfer - OS
Right now I'm running Win 10 Home, which was a free upgrade from Win 7 Home. I don't want to clone as I want to do a fresh install of the OS and I'm still debating on whether to go back to Win 7 or stick with Win 10. If I go back to Win 7, I should just be able to put in the Win 7 install CD and enter the product key like I did when I first installed Win 7 right? Does it matter that I have Win 10 now on this computer?
If sticking with Win 10, I have even more question as I think they have changed some of the activation process. From what I can understand, I should be able to create a Win 10 install media so I don't have to go through Win 7 first and then do the upgrade again. As for the license, supposedly Win 10 now registers your hardware when you first install it so you no longer need to enter a product key. However, will that still work if you changed hard drive? If not, will I be able to just use my Win 7 product key instead?
License Transfer - MS Office Home
For MS Office 2010, is there a procedure to deactivate the license and use it to another computer/hard drive? Or do I simply just install it to the new hard drive? Also, since I got this from MS Home Use Program (HUP), I didn't actually get a physical disk and I don't think I saved the file I originally downloaded (but I do have the product key written down). So what is my best course of action to install Office again?
RAID 1/Mirror set-up
I understand that RAID 1/mirroring is not a substitute for proper back-up! With that now out of the way, this where I could probably use the most feedback/guidance.
From the little reading I have done, my main takeaway so far is that unless I'm going to spend $$ on a proper hardware RAID card/controller, then go with software RAID instead of motherboard/chipset RAID.
Since it appears that only Win 7 Pro supports software RAID 1/Mirror and I only have Win 7 Home, what are my other options if I want to go back to Win 7?
In Win 10, Storage Space Two-way mirror appears to be what I'm looking for. I just stumbled into this so I still have some more reading to do as I'm not clear on the storage pool vs storage space and why you can have a diff. size than what you currently have available. As for how it works, I still need to clarify the following:
- Data will be on both drives so if one breaks or I remove one of them, I should still be able operate as normal until I can put a new drive in there?
- Once the new drive is in, will it automatically sync with the drive that is on there now (i.e. data will be copied to the new drive automatically)?
- Since storage space allows the use of different hard drive capacity, even with two-way mirror, I should be able to upgrade to 2x 2TB drives later as long as I replace it one at a time right?