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I just bought 3 400GB Seagate 7200.10 HDD's for a RAID 5 array. I have them setup, installed windows xp, and everything is working just fine. I have my old setup on a 250GB WD that's still hooked up. I do have a few questions however. <br />
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1) I partitioned the RAID 5 array so that I could install windows on the first partition and have everything else on the 2nd portion. Is there a way to move the "Program Files" folder to the second partition so that I don't have to reinstall all the programs if I feel I need a "fresh" install of XP?<br />
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2)If, later, I reinstall windows xp OVER the partition that has XP installed on it will I always need to load the RAID drivers? will I need to do anything else special?<br />
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3) Can I copy programs over from the 250GB HDD to the RAID array or do I need to install everything again and just copy over saved games/files/documents?<br />
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Thanks for your help <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">I just bought 3 400GB Seagate 7200.10 HDD's for a RAID 5 array. I have them setup, installed windows xp, and everything is working just fine. I have my old setup on a 250GB WD that's still hooked up. I do have a few questions however. <br />
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1) I partitioned the RAID 5 array so that I could install windows on the first partition and have everything else on the 2nd portion. Is there a way to move the "Program Files" folder to the second partition so that I don't have to reinstall all the programs if I feel I need a "fresh" install of XP?</div>

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</div>Not really. Even if you move it, a fresh re-install of Windows will require you to re-install yuor programs, since you lost all the registry settings of those programs. Thus, there is no benefit of doing this.<br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">2)If, later, I reinstall windows xp OVER the partition that has XP installed on it will I always need to load the RAID drivers? will I need to do anything else special?</div>

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</div>Yes, you'll always need to load RAID drivers during Windows install. This is the way Windows will recognize the RAID array.<br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">3) Can I copy programs over from the 250GB HDD to the RAID array or do I need to install everything again and just copy over saved games/files/documents?</div>

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</div>Install everything again, same reason as under 1) (registry settings). Files of course can be copied without any problem.<br />
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<div style="font-style:italic">Thanks for your help <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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</div>You're welcome <img src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Big Grin" class="inlineimg" />
 
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So I guess it would be easiest to just reimage the RAID anytime I would like to "freshen" windows up? Any good opensource (free) software for that or just the $60 Norton Ghost?
 

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I don't know of any good free software that does this...sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Big troubles: <img src="/images/smilies/frown.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Frown" class="inlineimg" /><br />
I had it up and working. However I didn't partition enough space for the windows portion. So I tried to repartition and try again. I keep getting BSOD's now and I cannot figure out how to just uninstall all copies of windows on the RAID. If I have multiple copies of XP installed, how do I go about uninstalling certain ones?<br />
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I think I can get it working if I start out with "cleaned drives" How do I do this?<br />
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I would just re-build the array. Get into the RAID utility, and delete the array. Then, reboot, and get back into the RAID utility, and build it again<br />
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Note: YOU WILL LOOSE ALL DATA
 
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