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Switching from AHCI to RAID on 990FX chipset ?

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I have a GA-990FX-UD3 rev 1.1 motherboard.
I had my working Windows 7 install on a 120GB SSD with lots of programs installed, etc.

1. I backed up the entire SSD with Acronis.
2. I added a second identical crucial m4 SSD (got it cheap on craigslist)
3. changed from AHCI to RAID in BIOS
4. created a 256 GB RAID 0 volume in BIOS
5. restored the disk with Acronis to the new RAID volume

Now Windows won't boot because it can't operate the disk.
Not even safe mode.

I have tried booting the Win7 CD . I have the F6 RAID drivers. It sees the RAID volume and the Win7 installation.
But the various automated repair options are not able to fix it.

Is there a way to manually add the RAID drivers to the hard disk installation , say, using the command prompt in recovery mode when booting from the CD ?

The other approach would be to :
6. revert to AHCI mode
7. restore the OS to a single SSD
8. add the RAID drivers

and then back to step 1.

But from my google searches, it appears that step 8 is problematic, ie. Windows won't add the driver to the HD unless the hard disk is actually in RAID mode already ...
Seems a bit of a chicken and egg problem . What to do ?
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Was able to solve it after more googling using DISM .

http://www.dowdandassociates.com/content/howto-repair-windows-7%E2%84%A2-install-after-replacing-motherboard

The DISM /Add-Driver let me add the driver to the running install. Windows 7 just booted from the RAID !
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