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post #1 of 5
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hi everyone,

i was just wondering because im probably going to re install windows on my computer:

1) what happens when you format Raid 0 hard drives? i was thinking of erasing everything to install windows 7 on them, but i wouldnt want to if its going to mess it up(hard drives arent working properly, wont show up when you try to find them, etc.).

2) i have tried installing windows 7 on them before, but when i did, it wouldnt boot up from the raid 0 drives. i had to manually go to the boot screen and choose the hard drive with windows 7. any ideas on how to fix this?


i would want priority on the first question, since i can always just install windows 7 on my regular internal drive that isnt in raid 0.
thanks for the help!
    
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1. Well your RAID 0 is viewed as a single drive. So when you format the drive everything on there will be lost, but it will not effect the RAID config in anyway. Just the data will be lost.

2. You need to go into your bios and set the boot priority to the raid array if you want to boot to it.

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thanks for the reply,

1. so even if i format my Raid 0 drives, my regular drive, it wont effect it at all? where is the information that my raid drives are in raid 0 stored? good to know that i wont break them then ^^.

2. i was pretty sure i did do that when i did my bios setup. ill definitely make sure that i change that when i install windows. thanks!
    
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post #4 of 5
The raid config is stored on part of the motherboard. Just make sure you format the right drive. I would actually unplug the drive you don't want to lose just to be positive.

Also, when you change the boot priority be sure to press F10 to exit and save your changes. If you just hit escape your changes won't be saved.
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post #5 of 5
When I formatted my raid 0 array I had to actually reinstall the raid drivers to get it to work. It took me forever to figure it out.

I literally spent 6 hours reinstalling windows the first time I did it.

Now it only takes me about 45 min bit I still have to reinstall the drivers
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