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Weird RAID phenomenon

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Sorry this is long but it'll be worth the read I think.

So, I have a rather unique situation going on with my system. Just built a new rig to replace my old one after my motherboard fried awhile ago. (It was a DFI LanParty...) In my old system I had 2x 250 GB HDDs in RAID 0 as my boot drive. When my mobo fried I figured that was gone, and in essence it was, as I ended up wiping the drives when I built my new rig last week.

But this is where it got weird: When I built the new rig, (with a 120 GB SSD for the boot drive) I installed those 2 drives as well, and tried to set the SATA mode to RAID to try to raid those drives again for a place to install my games. I am now using an ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard. After setting it to RAID rather than AHCI, I got about halfway through the Windows spinning-lights thingy during startup before it BSODed, so I went back and set it back to AHCI and it booted up fine (I had originally set up Windows on the SSD without any other drives installed). "Oh well, guess I'm not gonna set up RAID with those two drives after all" I thought to myself. Then I opened up My Computer.... AND THERE WAS MY 500 GB RAID ARRAY!!! ***??? I didn't even ever set up the RAID on this motherboard at all! I thought if you changed RAID controllers/motherboard you had to start from scratch with your drives? Somehow this motherboard recognizes the old settings from the disks and set up RAID without even being in RAID mode. Is that supposed to be possible?

Now, just today I had unplugged the drives and then re-plugged them in while rewiring my case. The RAID was no longer functional, but it still saw a single 500 GB (ok, 467) drive that was listed as "unallocated space". Just for kicks I decided to try going back to the BIOS and setting it to RAID to see what would happen. Another Blue Screen. Set it back to AHCI, and now it recgonizes my RAID just fine again... I'm so confused.
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Well in theory Raid 0 actually affects the portioning of the drives so even if the data on the partition was erased as long as the partition itself still exists the drives should be recognizable as a raid 0 array as for why it bsods when you set it to raid I do not know unless you need to completely erase the partitioning scheme on the drives then set it to RAID in the Bios.
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