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Install RAID AFTER installing windows


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#1 Shadow Wizard

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 11:30 AM

I just bought a PEXSAT32, Startech 2 port SATA III 6 Gbps PCI-E controller card.
I installed my one current SSD to that card and installed windows 7 on it. It has been working great.
I have recently decided to add a second identical SSD to the SATA III card (it supports raid 0 & 1, maybe more, but I want to use Raid 0 anyway) Is there a way to do this without needing to reinstall windows?
These are the possibilities I have thought of:
1) Install the new drive and go into the cards bios and tell it add the second drive to it in a RAID 0 configuration (If it has that option)
2) Backup the drive using Acronis true image home, build the new raid 0 array with both the SSD's and then recover the backed up OS
My MAIN concern is that because windows doesn't have the RAID drivers, it will get confused. So is it needed for windows to boot or can I install these drivers after windows boots? Or is there a way I can install them before doing any of this so its ready when everything switches over to RAID?
What about Acronis true image home? It will be easy to see if it notices the array (It will have one HDD that is twice as big as a single drive rather then two single drives) but if it doesn't, is there a way to force it to recognize the array?

Edited by Shadow Wizard, 31 July 2012 - 11:31 AM.


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:11 PM

if your using the RAID as your primary drive, then I don't believe there is any way to install RAID without reinstalling windows. If your installing RAID to a drive that isnt setup as your boot drive, then you should have no problem. I may be incorrect in this, but to my knoweldge you will have to reinstall windows, or at very least clone it and reinstall the clone-but like you said you will probably have driver issues.

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