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Is it possible to set up a bootable RAID array (like R0) without having to reinstall the OS? I have a 400GB, 300GB, and an 80GB hard drive. I am willing to sacrifice 100gb to set up the 4 & 3 as RAID 0, and just use the 80GB for storage, but I really don't want to reinstall Windows 7. What can I do?
I'm currently using the 300 for OS and 80 for media storage.
 
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Well the only logical thing to do would be to copy over your files using a file manager like Acronis. It will create an image of your OS and port it to over to the to the other drive and keep your files intact.

If i understand your question correctly this should be your solution otherwise post back
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Okay, so just save my OS HD image in Acronis, wipe the drives, set up the array, and put the image back on?
Just one thing: where can I save that image???
 
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Okay, so just save my OS HD image in Acronis, wipe the drives, set up the array, and put the image back on?
Just one thing: where can I save that image???
That image can be stored on any external drive or storage drive of your choice. Download Acronis, and read a few procedures/videos to see how its done. It's quite easy from what i hear.
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Hmm...trying to think of any drives that I have that could fit that sort of thing...Oh! I have an old IDE drive laying around, but my brother took my IDE->USB converter. Crap.
 
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Well the only logical thing to do would be to copy over your files using a file manager like Acronis. It will create an image of your OS and port it to over to the to the other drive and keep your files intact.

If i understand your question correctly this should be your solution otherwise post back
I would suggest that you use Windows Backup and Restore (built in feature in Windows 7) mainly due to the fact that you'll be stuck in an infinite BSOD loop since the image that you would create using Acronis will not have the raid drivers installed. I know from experience and frustration D: (lucky for me I didn't use Acronis). Though, I don't know if Acronis allows you to install drivers prior to restoration like Windows System Image Recovery. It's been a while since I've used Acronis.

If you use Windows Backup and Restore, you'll have the option of installing the raid drivers (or any other driver) (before restoring the image) on top of the image so you don't get the BSODs. Have a flash drive handy or your MB cd!

Here is some info on the method
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ge-backup.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...-recovery.html

Make sure to read it through throughly.
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