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RAID 0 after Windows 7 install?

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So I've installed Windows 7 on an SSD and am up and running. I now want to add a RAID 0 array for data/ games/ etc. I didn't load any drivers during the Windows install but did install while my P8P67 Pro BIOS was set to RAID. I've also set up the RAID via CTL-I after POST. I thought that I could use Windows Disk Management after install to set up the array but am having some difficulties. I'm using 2x 2TB Samsung Eco-Greens.

The Disk shows a 100 MB System Reserved partition, and two unallocated partitions. One is 2047.90 GB and the other 1678.03 GB. So far I onle have the option through Disk Management to create a Simple Volume on the 2047.90 GB partition. The other I can't seem to do anything with.

I must have screwed up somewhere! Thanks in advance for any assistance.
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Ok first off, your saying your running 1 SDD hdd and 2x 2TB HDDs NOT sdd correct?
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The 100MB System Reserved partition should only be on your boot disk (which I'm guessing is your SSD?). Sometimes however Windows messes up during installation and puts the system reserved partition on a hard drive other than the hard drive where Windows is being installed...this may have been what happened in your case.

If you haven't set up anything, you could just re-install Win7 on your SSD but this time before you do that, unplug the power or sata cables from your other hard drives (the ones you want for RAID) until after the windows installation is finished. That way the system reserved partition will end up on the right drive. After Windows is installed, you can plug the drives back in and then you have two options:

1) Create a RAID array through your BIOS' menu (the CTRL+I)
2) Create a RAID array in Windows' Disk Management

If you successfully create the RAID array in your BIOS' menu, you will only see the two drives showing up as one single disk in Windows. For all Windows knows, there's just one drive there that is 4TB in size. One disadvantage to creating the RAID in your motherboard's BIOS is that if your motherboard goes bad, you will not be able to access your data unless you get a motherboard with the same RAID controller built into it. For this reason, I would personally recommend using Windows Disk Management to create your RAID0 array. In Disk Management you would select one of the drives and choose "new Striped Volume" and then select the other disk also when the pop-up appears. This is the equivalent to a RAID0 setup.

Sorry I can't explain too much more at the moment because I have to run but I hope this was somewhat helpful.
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Thanks Gasman. That does sound like exactly what happened. I RAIDed the 2 HDD before installing Windows and I think Windows must have screwed up and put the Reserved partition there instead of on my SSD. I really haven't done much to the system so I'll go ahead and reinstall this evening.
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yeah I think it is the same problem. I was watching the newegg build PC video (pc build virgin) and they mentioned many people plug all the drives in and that you should just keep the ssd plugged in only to save your self this problem.
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