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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.
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May 17, 2012 11:06:48 AM

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

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