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First Time RAID 0. Have some questions.

post #1 of 12
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I am planing on using my 2 500GB F3 Spinpoint F3's for a RAID 0 setup. Only thing is I already have my OS and my steam games installed on one HDD and backup files setup on my other HDD.

I am not worried about losing any of my files. I have no problem reinstalling anything like my steam games and other programs.

So I am wondering if I need to delete all the files and OS from my HDD's before I configure a RAID 0 setup or will it automaticaly do it?

Also, will there be any problems with my OEM Windows 7 key when installing the OS? I am still using the same motherboard.
Edited by Shaded War - 7/28/11 at 6:50pm
post #2 of 12
You'll need to do a complete format and raid setup.

Shouldn't have a problem with re-installing Win7.
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So should I use a 3rd HDD and install win7 on it so I can format my 500GB hdd that has my OS on it so i can start my RAID 0 setup? I dont have another pc to do it with.
post #4 of 12
I just put my OS on my raid 0. I make three partitions.

1. OS
2. Games
3. Programs

I never put anything on my PC I can't live without so if it fails then life goes on.


What type of Win7 copy do you have? Disk, ISO file, Hidden partition on OEM HDD?
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post #5 of 12
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I have the windows 7 pro x64 disk with a OEM key. Bought it on newegg. I dont have any partitions on any of my HDD's. I would rather not make any either. Any sugestion?
post #6 of 12
If you like to live dangerously or saving money to buy a backup drive, just wipe both HDD's and do clean install. Thats what's usually recommended. Do it like this:

1. Get the raid driver for your chipset from your motherboards website and save it onto a USB drive
2. Go into your BIOS and set RAID as your disk mode(? can't remember what you call that)
3. In the RAID configuration at bootup, enumerate your drives so they can be recognized as one entire drive to the OS.
4. Start the Windows installation with the Disk. Be sure to load up the driver you saved before hand when it asks you.
5. Finally proceed with the a normal install. Wipe the newly recognized RAID'd drive with the format option in the installation procedure.

post #7 of 12
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I found the option to secure erase my HDD's from my BIOS. I think i should do this then set up my array yes?
post #8 of 12
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Well I'm going to give it a try. Seems pretty streight forward. Thanks for the tips guys. If I cant get it to work fro some odd reason, no harm done as I knew what I was getting myself into and was prepared to lose my data.
post #9 of 12
take your 3rd drive and use it as a backup device. move everything you want to keep over and pull the drive out
then setup your raid and install windows.
plug the drive back in and use it as your storage in case the raid 0 fails
    
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Originally Posted by Shaded War View Post
I found the option to secure erase my HDD's from my BIOS. I think i should do this then set up my array yes?
It depends on you. The first time I used it, I had to wait an hour or more depending on how many sandwiches I had for both my F3's to be erased with the Secure Erase option
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