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post #1 of 18
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I'm trying to switch from IDE to RAID as the title states.

I found this link that is close.

http://windows7themes.net/switch-to-...windows-7.html

Anyone know how it can be done?
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I'm nowhere near the smartest person here, but you have to enable and configure RAID in your BIOS. This is where you specify which RAID you're gonna be setting up.

Then while you install windows 7, you have to install the RAID drivers.

After that you should be ready to go. I recommend just backing up the important stuff to an external.
 
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But if we can switch from IDE to AHCI mode after installing Windows, then why can't we switch from IDE to RAID afterward?

Edit: Oh damn. I think I just answered my question by asking it. Is it because the RAID setup must be configured before installing Windows no matter what?
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
But if we can switch from IDE to AHCI mode after installing Windows, then why can't we switch from IDE to RAID afterward?

Edit: Oh damn. I think I just answered my question by asking it. Is it because the RAID setup must be configured before installing Windows no matter what?
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post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rian View Post
Indeed this.
Did I ninja you with my edit, or are you responding to it?

Sorry.
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There is a setting in the bios, which enables the RAID manager (After post). When you enable raid on the controllers you want, you then must enter this manager, and choose the RAID you want. After that, it formats the disk(s) and then you must install the OS. You should be good to go after that.
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There is a setting in the bios, which enables the RAID manager (After post). When you enable raid on the controllers you want, you then must enter this manager, and choose the RAID you want. After that, it formats the disk(s) and then you must install the OS. You should be good to go after that.
Oh, so no matter what it will format the drives?

If so, then this must be why there's no information on switching to RAID mode after installing Windows.
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post #8 of 18
Sadly yes, at least in RAID-0 which I am running, it formatted all participating drives. And it is pretty much logical, it has to start from scrap to make use of the technology.
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post #9 of 18
I doubt there is a software that splits files from one hdd into two seperate harddrives. If there is, id rather not take my chances.

New install will give you the best stability, going from IDE to straight RAID0 is one helluva jump

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I doubt there is a software that splits files from one hdd into two seperate harddrives. If there is, id rather not take my chances.
I can't even imagine how unsafe-unstable it would be to make a virtual file splitter from inside Windows. That's pointless actually.
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