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Importing windows RAID into new windows and sata 3.0 controller

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Hello everyone,

I think I have the answer to this but I want to get some second thoughts on it before I do it. I recently purchased a sata 3.0 pci-e controller to get the full speed of my SSD. I currently have two separate RAID 1 soft raids. One is for data, the other is my PC game directory. I need to install a new windows using the new controller and I am wondering if it will be as simple is going to disk management in the new windows and doing an "import foreign disk". I have never done this before but this seems to be the option I want.

Any insight is greatly appreciated.
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Sorta curious about this too.

Does software RAID 1 still scramble the data like RAID 0 or even JBOD? If you take a drive out if a RAID 1 and stick it in another computer, is it just a normal disk?
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From what I have read, as long as it was an array created in windows disk management, I think we can go to disk management on the new OS, and just right click "Import Foreign Disks"

I am very hesitant to try this and lose my data without further insight and experience.
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If its a Windows soft raid, yes you use Import Foreign Disks. All disks need to be physically installed and running. Windows knows what to do with them. Caution though, leave all drives unplugged except your OS drive while installing. Windows has a habit of installing data on discs willy nilly unless partitions and installs are done manually through command prompt. If it just sees empty drives, one of them will get stuck with the "System" partition instead of your OS drive.
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Sorta curious about this too.

Does software RAID 1 still scramble the data like RAID 0 or even JBOD? If you take a drive out if a RAID 1 and stick it in another computer, is it just a normal disk?

Data is unfortunately useless as an individual disk, Windows forces a reinitialization of the RAID disk removed from RAID, even if it was soft RAID, before it can even be used, which means goodbye data.
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