This crosses a couple of subcategories so I'm posting in General. Windows 7 64bit OS
Temporarily I've been running a new computer with 2x 1TB HD in Raid1. My backup drive is 500GB, thus Raid1 choosing redundancy over performance in the short term.
Now I am ready to change to the following configuration:
SSD boot drive/OS
2x 1TB in Raid0
3TB backup drive
Fresh OS install (win7/64bit)
I have all the hardware; The question is, what order do I do my upgrades in?
For example, can I just install the SSD drive, boot and install the OS from CD, or do I need to remove the OS from the 1TB hard drives.
Should I, for example, remove one of the mirrored drives, set up the entire system (formatting the other 1TB drive) and then readd the original drive once I no longer need to return to it as a boot/data in case something goes wrong?
Should I windows backup to the 3TB drive, format the existing 1TB drives, set them to Raid0, add the SSD and then restore?
I can see about a dozen ways to carve this turkey, but I'm not entirely clear what will work and what will get me a fresh OS without losing anything.