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hey guys, just want to ask something about reinstalling windows

Here's the scenario, the sig rig I have at the moment will be replaced by 2600k.
I have a SSD, a raid 0 F3's and a 500gb back up drive.

My question is this, if I reinstall windows. Can I just use the backup? If I cant, obviously I will install from the CD. I have my OS installed on the SSD. Will the programs on my raid 0 drives work? or will I have to reinstall redownload everything from scratch?


backup drive, I have a system image backup on it. think I can just recover from there instead of reinstalling windows?


Sorry for the very confusing question...

thanks ^_^
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First thing to do is backing up images of all the devices to another drive. Your RAID0 array will be gone with a new board, you'll have to build the array again. You can try and boot windows from your SSD, probably you'll see a bunch o BSODs, but it may turn out that your windows will still work after loading up some drivers. A fresh install is recommended, but you can always try this. After all set up, build your RAID0 array and load the previous saved image to it. If you don't need to reisntall windows, the programs installed on the array will work.
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so, what i have to do is

1) backup raid array image
2) install OS on SSD
3) create a new raid array
4) apply previously backed up raid array to the newly made array

is that right?

if all goes well, all my programs that i backed up on my raid array will be well useable, aye? meaning i wont have to reinstall everything.. downloading 200gb of steam games... dear god.. my isp will hate me... patches on other games...
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The programs will only be usable if you don't install windows from scratch on your SSD, they will only work if your current windows works in a new board. Sometimes it is possible, however it is better to do a clean install. With a clena install you'll end up having the program files on the RAID array but no installed in windows...
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