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SATA, AHCI, RAID Hard drive compatiblity


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#1 zzprop

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:30 AM

So I'm setting up a M4N78 pro asus mobo for windows 7.

 

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I just took out my XP sata drive and Installed a new drive for 7_ 64 bit. I set it up for ahci because I want to set it up for raid.  I read where if you set a drive up for raid it has to be an ahci drive at least on this mobo. Is that correct or am I misunderstanding something?

Not a problem for that. OK now I have a few programs on the XP drive that will not work on Win 7 GO Figure. I would like to set up with a drive swap bay so when I want to use those programs I can shut down and swap drives and reboot.

 

Problem is I dont have the XP drive set up in ahci mode. My bios now is set to ahci for the win 7 drive. I read where if you boot a sata drive that is not set up ahci with the bios set to ahci it will zap the OS. Can I convert the xp drive without jacking it up to ahci. I definately don't want to go into BIOS when I swap drives to much hasel.

 

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I  updated the bios on the board to the newest asus offers for this board a week ago for my 7 install. I was still running XP 32 bit when I did this and had no issue everything was fine.

My ehternet on the mobo died saturday and I put in a new nic card and now when I boot in XP it tells me I have to reactivate the XP OS ,which is OEM, in three days because of significant mobo changes. This happened after I installed the new nic. Wow if that is a significant change....  whatever billy G.

 

 Iv'e been using this computer for years and never had that issue. I put in a new sound card a year ago and never got a warning. Since the Xp is an OEM I sure don't want to buy a new license for an OS that they don't even support any more and I don't know if I will but I am afraid if i try to reactivate it and don't want to pay, will the os shut down?  I'm not going to use it on the internet any more just for local don't care about antivirus or anything else.  I'm using 7 now and it's working great I love it.

 

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#2 dicke

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 08:13 PM

Welcome,

Reactivation shouldn't cause a problem or $$. Follow the steps provided and all should be well.

Keep us posted


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:36 AM

Your drives should be set up as ACHI, don't know about what will happen to the XP drive if installed in the machine.

 

My advice, forget about RAID.  You need to configure the RAID when you install Windows if you want your Windows install to be on RAID,  If you hang around these forums long enough you'll see people who lose everything on their RAID when one of their drives fails due to one problem or another, this goes for RAID 0, 1, and 5.  Personally I lost about 4TB of data when my RAID had a driver issue, since then I'm just on individual drives.  Since RAID only protects against hardware failure, you're better off setting up a backup plan.



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Posted 08 April 2014 - 04:22 PM

Dicke
i called micro and it was all automated i thought i was going to talk to a human but to my surprise it was a computer. Anyway i just read the number that came up on the screen and the computer read me a a number and all was good. I was just ready to explain the so called significant hardware change they talked about was the bios and nic.

Rkilroy
Yea i have delt with raid alot and it doesnt seem to reliable.
I didnt know you could create an image through 7 but i have now backed up and imaged the drive with a start up disk.
So im good. Im goin to go ahead and install on another drive to check and see if it works.

Thanks for the replies guys
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Edited by zzprop, 08 April 2014 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 08:13 PM

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:56 AM



Your drives should be set up as ACHI, don't know about what will happen to the XP drive if installed in the machine.

 

My advice, forget about RAID.  You need to configure the RAID when you install Windows if you want your Windows install to be on RAID,  If you hang around these forums long enough you'll see people who lose everything on their RAID when one of their drives fails due to one problem or another, this goes for RAID 0, 1, and 5.  Personally I lost about 4TB of data when my RAID had a driver issue, since then I'm just on individual drives.  Since RAID only protects against hardware failure, you're better off setting up a backup plan.

 

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I used to run a Raid 1 array on my Win 7 Desktop PC but after encountering numerous issues, I disabled Raid and began a full-HDD backup plan.

 

The other reason I went with cloning & imaging for backing up the HDD is that a Raid (1) array won't protect the user from malicious since they will get mirrored to all HDD's in the array.






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