I have a computer that I want to add an SSD and new OS to. It currently has 2 drives on RAID 0. I have planned my way through the SSD and OS upgrade, but have never dealt with RAID. After the upgrade I would he happy to just have the RAID drives the way they are, but as a D: volume (C: being the new SSD with new OS), or having them as single drives D: and E: would be preferred.
Can I just disconnect the RAID drives, connect the SSD and install the new OS; and then reconnect the RAID drives? If so, my question is when reconnecting the RAID drives they will automatically be assigned as D: because the new SSD drive will be C: by default as it was the only drive connected when I did the install? Or will I need to reassign the drive volumes someplace in the BIOS? Or will RAID cause a problem on boot up if the drives are not there?
You can bassically do what you were thinking, if your Boot drive is assigned C then the RAID drive will automatically be reassigned a different letter, the key is to install Windows without the RAID drives hooked up.
Disconnect the raid drives
Instal OS on SSD
Reconnect raid drives
Go into BIOS and set SSD as primary boot device
Now you can boot and you can either leave the drives in RAID (format the drives so that there is no dual OS issues), or you can remove the RAID and use them as individual drives.