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I'm going to Microcenter to exchange my Asus P8P67 Pro MB for the Deluxe version. I want to know what I need to do to make sure I keep my Raid setup. Last time I even updated my BIOS I lost my Raid and had to reinstall. http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...0-rebulid.html
I want to make sure I don't lose it again.
 
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You'll loose it again, no turn around. you'll have to rebuild the RAID array from scratch. Perform an image backup of the RAID array, get the new board, build the RAID and then deploy the previous saved image to the array again. Chances are that you won't need to reinstall windows since boards share the same chipset, no major hardware differences between boards.
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Maybe consider getting a real hardware raid card and not put the primary os on it? I have that and moved it without issue...
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With a raid card you won't have problems, i assumed you had RAID configured on your board's controllers
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Yea i'm using onboard. Not really in to market for a standalone atm. So if I use Acronis and image creation mode and do it sector by sector will that work? Do I need to select backup un allocated space? When I go to restore all this am I going to need another HDD with Windows 7 on it to boot into and then copy over my saved image to the raid array?
 
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I'm not very familiar with Acronis, i use norton ghost 2003 more, but the process should be the same, doing an image of the whole drive (assuming RAID0) and it will preserve all the info from MFT. If you can't boot from a CD to restore the image and load the RAID controller driver to it, you'll need to boot from another disk into windows and restore the image from there. After that, choose in BIOS to boot from the RAID array and you're done
You may encounter some problems loading windows for the first time, as it was installed on a different board, so you should have you Win7 installation disk with you in case of you need to repair anything on it, or performing a clean install if everything else fails.
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I'm going to make a image of my Raid but I was wondering don't you think if I just install the new MB, since it has the same raid controller, and go to the BIOS right away and set it to Raid wouldn't it just start up right? Is there Raid info, like strip size and stuff store on the MB or is all that info stored on the actual Raid HDD's?
 
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by matroska View Post
You'll loose it again, no turn around. you'll have to rebuild the RAID array from scratch. Perform an image backup of the RAID array, get the new board, build the RAID and then deploy the previous saved image to the array again. Chances are that you won't need to reinstall windows since boards share the same chipset, no major hardware differences between boards.
Please don't provide misinformation....

Just hook up the array to the new motherboard and it will be fine.
Same RAID controller + metadata on HDDs = fine.


That said.... always backup when migrating... just in case.



Updating a BIOS does not cause an array to be lost. Most likely issue was that you didn't re-enable the RAID mode.

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Originally Posted by 6speed View Post
I'm going to make a image of my Raid but I was wondering don't you think if I just install the new MB, since it has the same raid controller, and go to the BIOS right away and set it to Raid wouldn't it just start up right? Is there Raid info, like strip size and stuff store on the MB or is all that info stored on the actual Raid HDD's?
Metadata is on the drives.
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post #9 of 14
The Raid stores boot information on the drives. If you have the exact same controller, driver, and setup it ~can~ work.

Backup image is best bet though and just recreate the array.
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Thanks everyone, I'm going to have to wait till my new HDD's come in to do the backup. I guess since it's a Raid array it takes twice as much space to backup
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