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Set up RAID after OS install???? PB5+

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HI All - I have a Asus PB5+ and have spent a few weeks getting it all set up on one drive, and now I want to get he RAID set up. As I was going though the install (Intel Matrix Storage Manager) I all of the sudden thought that perhaps installing the RAID setup will delete the content of the drives.

There is no mention that everything will be deleted, but it also doesn't say anything about which disk becomes the duplicate (e.g., I don't want the RAID to copy the contents of the blank disk onto the OK disk!). Does it automatically copy the contents of disk 0 to disk 1?

So before I royally screw up by deleting my main drive accidentally, can somebody please verify that it's OK to set up the RAID config -after- the OS is installed, and that it will somehow know which is the OS disk and not copy over it.

THANKS!!!

gg-
post #2 of 7
You will lose the contents of the drive.
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You should get an option to destroy or keep the data when you set it up (after enabling it in the BIOS) however I had no joy with that option & had to do a full install of windows in the end (meaning a format) to get it up & running.
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Well, that sucks! I wish the instructions would have said something about setting up the RAID BEFORE installing the OS. Crap!

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the good news is you get more practice in installing and setting up Windows

RAID-0 has to be done before installation. i've heard of programs that can build a RAID-1 array on an existing setup without deleting any data at all. this was on an EVGA 680i motherboard, so i'm not sure if you can get a program like that from a third party. look around.
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the good news is you get more practice in installing and setting up Windows

RAID-0 has to be done before installation. i've heard of programs that can build a RAID-1 array on an existing setup without deleting any data at all. this was on an EVGA 680i motherboard, so i'm not sure if you can get a program like that from a third party. look around.
Why would you want to anyways when you can have a RAID with your OS on it? RAID before installation ftw!
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RAID-1 is just a mirror. all you need is a program to copy all the data from drive 0 to drive 1. it shouldn't matter if you do it before Windows installation or after.

i honestly don't know how it works without using that nTune software though. you might also need a floppy with RAID drivers on it before you reinstall if that's what you hve to do. you have no specs in your sig yet, so i don't even know what OS you're installing.
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