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Help with RAID after reformat

Last response: in Windows 7
February 16, 2013 5:21:21 AM

I hope this is in the right category, apologies if it isn't.

I am about to reformat my hard drive, long story as to why, but I am starting from scratch. I know how to install windows, drivers etc. but one thing I am not sure about is configuring the RAID, as I wasn't the one who did it when we installed everything the first time. I am assunming that when I reformat the hard drive that the RAID will need to be reconfigured? I have RAID 5 with three hard drives, each 500 GB. I have a program called Intel Rapid Storage Technology that "manages" the hard drives,but if I am correct I have to set up RAID before installing windows. Can anyone point me to a how-to page or explain how to configure the RAID the same way I currently have it? Or will the RAID not be affected?

If it helps this is a homebuilt comp, i7 930, 2.8 ghz, 6 GB RAM, Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, Gigabyte motherboard...

Thank you so much for any help.

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February 16, 2013 6:54:40 AM

If it is a hardware array it won't be affected. You will need to have the raid controller driver on a USB stick to install before windows will see the raid array. Same as a normal install other than that