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if i have a raid set up through windows... how do i go about reformatting... the raid drivers arent going to be reformatted... my ssd is... but the raid was set up using windows...

my question...
Will it erase the info?
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if i have a raid set up through windows... how do i go about reformatting... the raid drivers arent going to be reformatted... my ssd is... but the raid was set up using windows...

my question...
Will it erase the info?

Uh.... What?

If your RAID is configured using hardware RAID, even HostRAID or FakeRAID implementation, then Windows treats the RAID logical drive as a physical disk. As long as you don't delete the RAID or change the RAID information in the RAID BIOS, your data remains the same.

You would go through the normal procedure of formatting and reinstalling Windows. If Windows setup doesn't see your SSD when you boot from the disc, then you'll have to install the RAID drivers.

But if you do end up seeing both the SSD and the RAID array during Windows install, I would actually shut down and remove just physically unplug the two disks making up the RAID array. This prevents Windows setup from installing boot-information on the RAID-array, and installs all the necessary files onto your SSD.
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