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Raid 0 to SSD + HDD for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Howdy this is my first post.

So this is my dilema...

I was running Raid 0 on my gaming rig with 2 320gb WD and as of the other day I found that one of the drives had failed. Which stinks but I decided that it might be a good time to upgrade to a Samsung EVO 120gb SSD and a 1TB Seagate Barracuda. Can someone take me through the steps of disabling RAID 0 and doing a fresh install of windows onto my SDD while using the seagate as a D:/ drive?

for reference:

MOBO: Asus ASRock 880G EXTREME3
CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB)
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  1. I would install the SSD as the only drive in the system, load Windows, and make sure all updates are installed. After the system is operation and patched, install the hard drive (assuming you have your data backed up), remove all partitions on the drive, create a new partition, format and assign a drive letter.

    I would then move your data folders (C:\USERS\%USERNAME%\) to the hard drive.
  2. ronintexas said:
    I would install the SSD as the only drive in the system, load Windows, and make sure all updates are installed. After the system is operation and patched, install the hard drive (assuming you have your data backed up), remove all partitions on the drive, create a new partition, format and assign a drive letter.

    I would then move your data folders (C:\USERS\%USERNAME%\) to the hard drive.


    do I need to bother messing around with the RAID array?
  3. Your RAID 0 array is toast if you lost a drive - I never use RAID in a home setting....all it does is multiply your chances for losing data. You are better off utilizing multiple hard drives if possible.
  4. ronintexas said:
    You are better off utilizing multiple hard drives if possible.
    So you only lose half the data???

    Backup is the key even if using single drives. ;)
  5. ronintexas said:
    Your RAID 0 array is toast if you lost a drive - I never use RAID in a home setting....all it does is multiply your chances for losing data. You are better off utilizing multiple hard drives if possible.


    Well to be fair it was my first build and I was more interested in the challenge. Also at the time I thought the idea of having 640GB HDD was pretty awesome, but you live and you learn.

    Any clue how to disable the RAID array. From what I gather I have to delete it in my RAID settings reboot and go into BIOS and change the settings...


    Beetlebox said:
    ronintexas said:
    You are better off utilizing multiple hard drives if possible.
    So you only lose half the data???

    Backup is the key even if using single drives. ;)



    I'm not too worried about the data on the HDD it was a gaming computer so I never really saw the need to back it up. Most of my important stuff is on my laptop. Which I do have backed up.
  6. Best answer
    Just go into the raid settings and delete the arrays. You will need to remove the partitions from the drive and create new ones and format it.
  7. ronintexas said:
    Just go into the raid settings and delete the arrays. You will need to remove the partitions from the drive and create new ones and format it.



    that's what I thought except I will be partitioning the new SSD and HDD...pretty psyched to be moving up in the data storage world.
  8. A SSD will make your system rock....I highly recommend them!
  9. So to help others who might be looking for the answer as I was these where the steps I took:

    1) with the old damaged RAID 0 disks still in place I booted the computer
    2) when the RAID boot screen apeared just after my BIOS boot screen I hit (ctrl-f) to open the RAID settings
    3) I deleted the raid array which for me was option 3
    4) after deleting the RAID Array I then shut down my computer
    5) I removed the old drives and put in my SSD drive only.
    6) I then booted the computer
    7)I inserted my windows 7 disk as it was booting and hit (f2)when my BIOS screen appeared and entered into my
    BIOS settings.
    8) First I changed my storage settings to AHCI
    9) I then changed my boot order to boot from my CDROM drive.
    10) I saved my changes to the BIO and rebooted
    11) I began the windows installation, selected custom install and partitioned my SDD
    12) After windows had installed onto my SSD it asked to reboot
    13)when my BIOS screen came up, once more I hit (f2) and changed the boot settings to boot from my SSD drive.
    14) windows finished installing and I was ready to go!
    14a) After this I installed my wireless adapter drivers first so I could connect to the internet.
    14b) I then installed my graphics card driver and the remainder of my other drivers
    14c) After one last reboot which was needed to activate my graphics card driver[which only took a few seconds
    thanks to my SSD] I was done!

    hope this helps! I spent a while trying to clarify the process. I have and intermediate to beginner understanding of computers so this was awesomely fun and easy project. Thanks to those who helped!
  10. I'm exactly where you were drainbameged ...thanks for the orderly guide!
  11. There was actually no need to delete the array from the raid bios, in the regular bios - just drop the sata controller out of raid mode and set it to ahci.
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