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Long story short, built a PC for a friend, and he does not want the RAID 1 any more, in case he deletes something by accident (old guy). Wants to back up all his stuff himself.


It is a Sabertooth X58 board.


Problem is, he has files on the Array, and is wondering if i guide him though removing the array will it delete his files he has on it already?

He does not want to move his 100GB off his Array. So i was thinking just going into the raid controller and just removing the RAID.

Will it work, or are we playi9ng with fire?


Make sense?

It is NOT a Boot drive.
Edited by Power_Man - 1/18/11 at 6:10am
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Disable RAID in BIOS, try to boot. If it boots your good, otherwise turn RAID back on, and back up everything.
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Originally Posted by Limes View Post
Disable RAID in BIOS, try to boot. If it boots your good, otherwise turn RAID back on, and back up everything.
Okay, thank you.
Would it make a difference that it is not his C drive, but just a storage drive?
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The data will probably still be there because it's a RAID 1 config. otherwise it would be destroyed.

I'm guessing that you will end up with two identical drives once RAID is disabled. Just pick one to boot off of and erase the other. It may BSOD, not sure.
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You could test this theory by removing one of the drives from the array.
It should contain exactly the same data and you should be able to boot off of it.

If things go south, you can simply re-add it to the array (or simply just use the current drive in the 'degraded' array).
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