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I am in the middle of building a new computer. I just bought a 1TB WD black caviar and was thinking of getting another one for RAID 0. I was also thinking of getting a SSD next year and installing my OS on it. If I install my OS on the SSD will I be able to uninstall the OS on the black caviar without having to format it? I don't want to lose the files on it.
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As far as I know, no OS can be "uninstalled". Besides, you will be able to just leave it as it is since it'll become a storage drive. The contents that make up the OS installation will just appear to be storage data.

As long as the boot priority in the BIOS is set the way you want it to be, you won't have to worry about anything.
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post #3 of 7
An easy way to solve this problem would be to create a partition on the RAID-0 just for the OS. As TwoCables said you won't be able to uninstall the OS, but if you have a small partition (say 60GB) that contains only the system then you can format only that and leave the rest of the ~2TB of files intact.
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post #4 of 7
if your 1tb has multiple partitions:

move all the files you need in the 2nd partition
format the 1st partition (with the windows installation)
resize the 2nd partition with a partition manager
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post #5 of 7
no.... if i read the OPs query right...he has a current black and wishes to purchase another to raid 0 it...and also wishes a SSD to use as a boot drive...

In answer to your question OP...the way i understand it..if you RAID those two blacks together you will lose all those files since your original black will be formatted in the process... if you can use a online service to back up your files(on the original black), THEN raid the drives and install the OS on a SSD...that might be a better choice for you
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It sounds to me like maple_leafs182 is talking about what will happen next year when he wants to get the SSD and make it become his boot drive.

So to that, I say to leave the contents of the RAID-0 alone when that time comes and just make sure the boot priority is set up properly. I mean, if you're worried about establishing a setup with the two Caviar Blacks in RAID-0 and then losing everything because you switch over to a solid state drive next year, then don't: as long as you leave the RAID-0 setup alone and just configure the boot priority properly in the BIOS, then you'll be fine.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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post #7 of 7
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K, thanks guys

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Originally Posted by soth7676 View Post
if you RAID those two blacks together you will lose all those files since your original black will be formatted in the process...
My first black is still in its package, I have not opened it yet. I am currently using some 5 year old hard drive. I am waiting on BD benchmarks to see if I will get that or 2500K.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K P8Z68-V Pro ASUS HD 6950 2GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
2x1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 64bit G110 Antec EA-750 
CaseMouse
CM 690 II Advance(Nvidia Edition) G500 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500K P8Z68-V Pro ASUS HD 6950 2GB 8GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOSKeyboardPower
2x1TB WD Caviar Black Windows 7 64bit G110 Antec EA-750 
CaseMouse
CM 690 II Advance(Nvidia Edition) G500 
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