Hi. I have a PC thats about 4 or 5 years old and I am really quite happy with how it runs. But I saw a good deal on an SSD recently and have ordered one.
I currently have an Asus M4A79T Deluxe Motherboard and 2 pairs of Hard disks set up in software RAID 1 Mirroring. So I have the OS and programs installed on the first pair of 150GB WD Velociraptor drives being C:\ and a second pair of 500GB drive as my D:\ for Data storage.
I believe that my Motherboard has 5 SATA connections so I do not believe there is a spare (though I am yet to physically check) as I think the 5th port will be used by the DVD drive.
When my new SSD arrives I want to do a fresh install of Windows 7 as I have been unable for 2 years to get SP1 to install on my machine. I get the common 80004005 EFAIL message when trying to install SP1 and none of the potential solutions I have found have fixed it.
So my question is, can anybody advise me on the safest/best way to change the set up on my machine when I fit the new drive. It would be nice to have the option to go back to my old C: disks if necessary. Dual boot could be an option. But I am also concerned that I will have to disconnect 1 of the drives and therefore break the RAID set up and I am not sure if that may potentially destroy my existing OS.
Also, what may be relevant, is that I recently installed DriveImage XML on my system and backed up my C:\ to an external USB drive that I keep connected to the PC.
Hopefully thats enough info for somebody to give me some advice on the best process to follow, but please ask if you have any questions.