Hi i have 2x150GB HDD running in RAID 0 out of my old computer which the motherboard recently died on, the hard drives have vista installed on them and music etc.
In my new computer i have a 750 GB HDD and i was wanting to put the old drives into this computer to give me extra storage but didnt know how to go about it when they have vista installed on them etc, Im not sure if my new motherboard supports RAID 0 either.
I know i have Spare SATA cables and there is space for the HHD, So any help would be much appreciated.
If you don't need the data on the drives then download the Ultimate Boot CD. Burn the ISO to a CD with ISO Recorder or other ISO burning software. Install the drives and set the boot order to the CD drive. Use Active @kill disk to zero write the drives.
Then boot to windows, partition and do a standard (not quick) format on the drives in order to run CHKDSK to mark any bad sectors. You will have perfectly clean drives that have been properly prepared for use.
The zero write isn't a big deal because none of the striped data will be able to be read when you break the RAID. Technically none of the data will be able to be read on a non RAID drive with a format anyway, I just like to do a full wipe. Really all you need to do, as said, is install them and format. I would still do a regular (full) format.
There will be no conflict on startup because there is a install of vista on both?
If it is RAID0, then there is half of an install on each..
If you already have all the data, don't bother recover anything. Just put them in place and format them with Vista. If the RAID metadata are still on the drive, you may have to delete the partition information first.
Hi i have 2x150GB HDD running in RAID 0 out of my old computer
..In my new computer
"Old computer," "New computer" are not particularly useful descriptions if you're trying to get hardware advice. If both systems have an Intel or even Jmicron Raid controller, the new system may very well detect the Raid configuration from the disc signature and recover the partition. I've had to move Raid 0 and 1 sets several times, and although it can take work (manually trying different cluster sizes) in every case the Raid pair worked, as is, in the second system. Otherwise, as others have said, just start over. Delpart and/or MBR /f may have to be run on each drive as a single before they can be made into a new striped partition.