11681: Acronis True Image Home: RAID Support

RAID support scheme in Acronis True Image 

This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image 2014

Description

RAID is a technology to combine multiple disks into a single logical unit when data is divided or replicated among multiple physical drives and this array is accessed by the operating system as one single drive. RAIDs are used for data redundancy and performance improvement. There are hardware RAIDs (data distibution is managed by a device called a RAID controller) and software RAIDs (data distribution is managed by the means of the operating system, in Windows software RAIDs are called dynamic disks, you can learn more about dynamic disks in this Microsoft Technet article).

The official support scheme for RAID configuration is the following:

  • Acronis True Image Home supports hardware RAID arrays of all the popular types both with and without the Plus Pack add-on or Premium Edition, in any case. Thus, the supported hardware RAIDs are:
    • RAID 0
    • RAID 1
    • RAID 5
    • RAID 0+1
    • RAID 1+0

      As to specific RAID controllers - when running the product in Windows, the product will support them if Windows itself does. From Acronis Bootable Media most of the RAID controllers are supported.

  • Acronis True Image Home does not support software RAID implementations (Windows Dynamic Disks) if Plus Pack is not installed. See also Acronis True Image Home Does Not Support Dynamic Disks or Disks with GUID Partition Tables (GPT);
  • Acronis True Image Home Plus Pack / Acronis True Image 2014 Premium Edition enables the support for Windows Dynamic Disks that are set up in any configuration except for RAID 5 and RAID 1 (Mirrored) which are not supported even with Plus Pack. See also Acronis True Image Home Plus Pack: Dynamic Disks and Disks with GUID Partition Tables (GPT) Support.

More information

You can restore a backup of one RAID to a RAID of different type in the same manner as you would with a basic disk.

Here is the Acronis True Image RAID support matrix:

Hardware RAIDs Acronis True Image 2014 Acronis True Image 2014 Premium
RAID 0 YES YES
RAID 1 YES YES
RAID 5 YES YES
RAID 0+1 YES YES
RAID 1+0 YES YES
Software RAIDs  
Simple NO YES
Spanned NO YES
Striped NO YES
Mirrored NO YES
RAID 5 NO YES

Software Mirrored RAID can be created only in the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 8/8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012/2012R2

Software RAID 5 can be created only in the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008/2008R2
  • Windows Server 2012/2010R2

See also Dynamic Disk Types Support in Windows Editions.

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