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Restore Windows 7 software raid 0

I have 2x320GB hard drive's in a RAID 0 in windows 7 that are for storage purposes only. I created the RAID using Windows 7 built in software.

I'm wanting to do a clean install of windows as its staring to run slow and have some issues that registry cleaning and disk clean up are not taking care of.

I'm wondering if I'll be able to restore or recreate my RAID 0 that is my storage. it has all my mp3's personal files. I'd like to not loose every thing if I can prevent it. Sadly doing a back up of the raid is not feasible.
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post #2 of 11
If you cant backup everything on the RAID 0, then not really any options I can think of.
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You will have to get another back up drive to save your files.
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I was afraid of that. I wonder if I could do a restore of windows using disk rather than clean install and still keep the raid and data?
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post #5 of 11
Are the RAID drives your boot drive? You wrote they were storage in the OP. If they are your boot drives then you can back up the data...you just need a lot of DVD's or still another HDD.
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No RAID drives are not my boot drive.
I'm wondering if I can restore windows to its original state some way and keep the raid intact. It is holding close to 600G of data and I dont want to loose it all.

Really wishing I had just left it as 2 320G dives now.
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No RAID drives are not my boot drive.
I'm wondering if I can restore windows to its original state some way and keep the raid intact. It is holding close to 600G of data and I dont want to loose it all.

Really wishing I had just left it as 2 320G dives now.

If Windows 7 isn't installed on your two RAID0 drives then you have nothing to worry about. If all they are being used for is file storage all you have to do is re-install Win7 on your separate boot drive and then "Import foreign disk" in Win7's Disk Management menu. You'll be able to import your RAID array and assign it a drive letter and it will be just as you left it.

One thing I would do though just to be on the safe side is unplug the power or data connection to your two RAID0 drives while you are installing Win7 on your third boot drive.
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Thanks Gasman thats what I was hoping for
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I have had to do the same with both windows 7 and server 2008r2 and have been totally successful both times so fear not and follow gasman's instructions
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If Windows 7 isn't installed on your two RAID0 drives then you have nothing to worry about. If all they are being used for is file storage all you have to do is re-install Win7 on your separate boot drive and then "Import foreign disk" in Win7's Disk Management menu. You'll be able to import your RAID array and assign it a drive letter and it will be just as you left it.
One thing I would do though just to be on the safe side is unplug the power or data connection to your two RAID0 drives while you are installing Win7 on your third boot drive.

This. Windows' software RAID stores metadata for the entire array on each disk that is a member of the array. Thus, as long as this information is corrupted somehow, simply having the drives present is sufficient for Windows' to detect and initialize the array.
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