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Hello everyone.

So I'm just now realizing that I need to get into the RAID0 game. I'm wanting to have the RAID0 setup for my OS and my adobe suite and other programs. I need some help. I already installed my OS(win 7) on a non-raid config. Now I'm trying to figure out my options. Currently, I have a 300GB 10K rpm drive as my boot. I have an additional 300GB 10K rpm that's currently empty. I wanted to use them for my RAID 0.

So what do I do? What i thought was. buying an 1TB or just another drive and saving an image of the boot on it. Then, setup the RAID0 on the 10K's (which I would assume it would erase everything on it). Then install the OS on it and copy the disk image to the new config'ed RAID.

Now... I have no idea if this is even possible. I just want to avoid installing EVERY single thing i have already.. ALL OVER AGAIN.

any suggestions?


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Hello everyone.

So I'm just now realizing that I need to get into the RAID0 game. I'm wanting to have the RAID0 setup for my OS and my adobe suite and other programs. I need some help. I already installed my OS(win 7) on a non-raid config. Now I'm trying to figure out my options. Currently, I have a 300GB 10K rpm drive as my boot. I have an additional 300GB 10K rpm that's currently empty. I wanted to use them for my RAID 0.

So what do I do? What i thought was. buying an 1TB or just another drive and saving an image of the boot on it. Then, setup the RAID0 on the 10K's (which I would assume it would erase everything on it). Then install the OS on it and copy the disk image to the new config'ed RAID.


Now... I have no idea if this is even possible. I just want to avoid installing EVERY single thing i have already.. ALL OVER AGAIN.

any suggestions?


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And yes to answer your quasi-question, setting up a RAID array through the controller will eliminate all data on the drives.
    
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You've got the right idea.

Create an image of your current OS install with Acronis or similar software and store the image on a separate HDD or external drive (IE not on either of the 10K disks). If you don't already have a bootable Acronis disk (or whatever software you use for imaging) you will need to make one in order to restore the image to the array after it is created.

Then boot into the RAID configuration utility (watch for the prompt right after POST) and create a new array with the two 10K drives. The drives will be wiped clean. After the array has been created you can boot into the Acronis disk (again this will be your imaging software) and transfer the image from the temporary location back onto the array and you should be good to go.

Remember to transfer the MBR as well so that the array will be bootable. The imaging software should prompt you about this.
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