Motherboard - DX58SO2
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate
SSD - Intel 120 Gb (520 series)
HDDs - Seagate 3Tb (2 of them)
(I am only installing OS on SSD, 2 HDDs for RAID 1 config, all other system components installed)
This is for an existing system where I'm replacing my HDDs.
Can you please tell me what important steps I am missing here?:
1. SSD and 2 HDDs not installed yet
2. Power up system, go into BIOS, change to "RAID"
3. Power down
4. Install SSD, insert Win 7 DVD, power up
5. After Win 7 installs, download all Microsoft Win updates
6. Power down
7. Install the 2 HDDs
8. Power up
Would greatly appreciate your help and advice! Thanks!
Thanks. Yes, SSD and 2 HDDs are new, no previous data on them.
How do I configure so that system recognizes it is a RAID "1". Again, I never did RAID so I don't know what to expect when I stick my head into BIOS.
I would like to do something similar except I have an existing RAID 1 with 2 HD's. With Win 7 Ultimate OS and apps, I have about 300GB used.
I would like to add an SSD for OS and some apps and keep the RAID 1 intact.
1) What's the best way to accomplish this?
2) Would it work if I leave the data and OS on the RAID and just add the SSD and OS and apps outside of the RAID (if possible)?
2) Or should I backup the RAID data to another HD drive, then wipe the original RAID to remove all of the OS?
3) Then do a fresh install as the OP is doing and then move the data over to the clean RAID?
4) I was thinking of creating a partition within the RAID to backup the OS and apps from the SSD and create an image every so often.
5) Lastly I have other drives for backups and I am thinking of putting the most important data into a cloud backup.