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Reinstall Windows with Striped Drives

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May 16, 2012 9:45:40 AM

I have a windows pc, I have one ssd with windows and programs and I have 4 x 2tb drives with striped, the stripe was setup under Windows Disk management so they are dynamic drives.

If I blow away the windows on the ssd, and reinstall will the new installation see and mount the striped drives without losing data?
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May 16, 2012 2:53:37 PM

This answer is theoretical; I have not tried it. Yes, it will. Every dynamic volume contains a table of information about all the dynamic volumes on the system. The new OS should be able to re-construct the stripes from those tables.

Now two practical suggestions. One, back up the data first just in case. Two, test it! Take out the SSD, install a spare HDD, install win7 to the spare HDD, and see if it can see the stripes. If not, put the SSD back and get your old OS back.
May 17, 2012 11:06:48 AM

Ya that was my thinking to, just wondered if anyone had done it...

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