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December 5, 2013 6:30:32 PM

My intel (zotec) motherboard burst into flames a couple of years ago. Surprisingly, it ran until last week. Now I need to change my processor and mb. I'd like to go with an AMD d/t cost advantage. However, last time I tried to plug my Intel RAID into an AMD mb, it didn't run right. Is there something more that needs to be done than just plugging the wires in? It's a software RAID. I'm guessing that I'm married to Intel, but ...
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December 5, 2013 6:46:43 PM

A full reinstall, perhaps?
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December 5, 2013 7:32:39 PM

Your software RAID will need to be setup without overwriting the drives.

You'll want to read about that. For example, if it's RAID1 then google "moving RAID1 windows software raid" or similar.

As for AMD having a "cost advantage" then that depends completely on what you are doing. For many things, especially gaming, the Intel is the smart choice but BUDGET also comes into play. If that's tight something like an FX-6300 and compatible value board isn't a bad idea.

Other:
1) Windows 7 is only transferable to the same CHIPSET though I've heard reports of people getting working on completely different boards.

2) Be careful that the motherboard supports the CPU. For example, if you got an FX-8350 you might need to do a BIOS FLASH but often require a compatible CPU to even do that. Sigh.

Asus has a USB BIOS FLASHBACK feature on many boards that can flash the BIOS without a CPU.

Choosing parts:
1. Decide on motherboard/CPU choice (based on need and budget)
2. Try pcpartspicker
3. Go to the motherboard support site and make sure the CPU you choose is supported without a BIOS update (or the BIOS can be updated without a CPU as I said)

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December 5, 2013 9:03:52 PM

See, if I just buy an new intel proc and board, then I don't have to do anything to my raid except plug it in. I'm not sure it works that easy if I switch to AMD. That's what I'm asking .... can I switch out my intel setup for an amd setup seamlessly? It didn't seem to work last time I tried.
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December 7, 2013 7:31:53 PM

systemBuilderBob said:
See, if I just buy an new intel proc and board, then I don't have to do anything to my raid except plug it in. I'm not sure it works that easy if I switch to AMD. That's what I'm asking .... can I switch out my intel setup for an amd setup seamlessly? It didn't seem to work last time I tried.


You said it's a SOFTWARE RAID.
It's my understanding, though I'm no expert, that a SOFTWARE RAID is simply married to Windows but a HARDWARE RAID is married to the SATA RAID controller on the motherboard (AMD, Intel, Gigabyte, Marvell..).

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm also pretty sure you don't just "plug it in"; that would be more of a HARDWARE RAID setup. I think you need to GOOGLE the exact steps. You also didn't specify RAID0 or RAID1 so I don't know what difference that makes (RAID1 for example can work with just one drive so if you know it's fine you can just add it and rebuild the array with the 2nd drive if you can't easily detect both as RAID1 from the start).

I had a RAID0 hardware setup and discovered my new motherboard was incompatible. I'm staying away from RAID0 completely now as my SSD is really fast for Windows and I just use an HDD for storage. I may do RAID1 though with a 2x2TB setup.

I personally prefer INTEL anyway, though if you're on a tight budget AMD can make a good case (like the FX-6300) depending on your need. You pretty much have to look up the BENCHMARKS for your intended usage and compare those to the prices.
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December 7, 2013 8:15:59 PM

If you're messing with a RAID array, be it 0 or 1, then there should be no problem.

Install the new drives, build the array (be it on Intel or AMD), and restore the critical data from yesterdays backup.
Done.
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