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How is my hardware RAID is effected by formating and reinstalling windows.


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#1 NeoStylez

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:43 PM

Hello,

Currently i have 3 internal hard drives in my computer. They are all connected to the raid slots on my motherboard (p5w dh delux) I am using the Intelraid slots on that motherboard.

2 of the hard drives are in Mirrored raid and are used for storage of media files ect. and the other hard drive is a non raid drive used for my OS and My Documents folder partitioned into 2 drives

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I most likely will be formatting my computer once i have the necessary files backed up. The main question i was wondering is how my Storage Mirrored raid will be effected if at all by the format and reinstall of windows xp.

Another scenario is that i may also choose at that time to upgrade to windows 7 pro which i have sitting in my desk.

I have never dealt with RAID much before and would not like to format and reinstall windows to only learn that i have destroyed the data on my storage raid.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:01 PM

Usually I disconnect any data drives when reinstalling my OS, however with a raid data volume, I wouldn't gamble on it. Your raid chipset and bios remembers the raid settings.

When you install the OS, whichever you choose, it will inspect your drives and give you the choice of which one to use, the raid will just be a single drive partition. It's size will be your best clue.

Since you partitioned your OS drive then it should see it as a smaller volume.
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:07 PM

So the current data on the raid drives shouldn't get affected by the reinstall?

Also, though i know this is the hardware forum If i choose to upgrade to windows 7 pro. It has support for Raid drivers built in right? I would not need my floppy disk with my raid drivers on it?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 07:23 PM

The raid bios/chipset controls your mirror, the OS just sees what it hands off, your raid chipset driver may not be included in the OS so keep that floppy handy.
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