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want to setup win7 raid, but new empty disk becomes disk0 win 7 disk becomes disk1, changing sata didn't matter HELP!

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December 29, 2013 11:51:59 AM

Hi Guys,

I've got a question about win7 raid system. I bought a second 1TB HD because I want to use it as raid disk for my current win7 install. The only thing is when I put the new HD in there my original drive which was disk0 becomes disk 1 and the new empty drive becomes disk0. If I'm right making a raid setup isn't working because my win7 disk needs to be disk0. how do I do this. I've tried changing the sata ports, didn't change a thing. I'm fresh out of ideas.... hope you guys can HELP!

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December 29, 2013 12:22:22 PM

Weather it shows up as disk0 or disk1 does not really matter since creating a Raid setup is going to wipe all of the data on both disks anyway. You will have to reinstall everything again. I have never seen anyway around that.
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January 1, 2014 8:32:10 AM

cheers for the answer bryon, I thought you could always setup a mirror raid in windows7 (SOFTWARE RAID). I know that with hardware raid you have to reinstall windows. I really want to know for sure before i'm going to reinstall etc ;)  cheers
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January 1, 2014 2:05:59 PM

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cheers for the answer bryon, I thought you could always setup a mirror raid in windows7 (SOFTWARE RAID). I know that with hardware raid you have to reinstall windows. I really want to know for sure before i'm going to reinstall etc ;)  cheers


I was just checking Windows 7 Disk Management Help for instructions on setting up RAID Arrays. Windows has instructions for "Striping" (RAID 0) and for "Spanning" (JBOD) but nothing for Mirroring. I can only surmise that Mirroring within Windows is not supported.

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January 1, 2014 3:14:48 PM

Yes, you can software raid1 with win 7 or 8.
Drives will be dynamic, not basic.
The mirror must be completely unallocated, delete all existing partitions on it.

Right click on the drive you want to mirror and select add mirror.
next select the mirror drive which should be the unallocated one.
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