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Windows 7: BSOD, plus odd Windows error

17 Jun 2014   #21
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Mezzy, to Arc's surprise, I am going to agree with him. Your raid is not doing you any good at all. Besides that, no matter what you have heard, raid is not a backup. It is causing you a lot of grief right now, and I suspect with the messages you are getting, the raid is not working at all. If the controller is dropping drives, then adding it back, it is not doing what you think it is doing. Plus, it is killing your performance. As for backups, what's the big issue? I back my computer up every night and it takes me less than 10 minutes, and I am not suffering the issues you seem to be having.

Mezzy, I have run raid of all stripes before and will most likely run it again. However, raid of any kind is not a backup. You need to be running backups anyway. I am not opposed to raid, but if I was running a Raid array and having the same problems as you, I would back up all my personal information, break the array, wipe the disk and do a clean install on 1 hard drive. A clean install is not the nightmare you have always heard it was if you are ready for it. Whenever you get ready, please let us know and we will help you get ready and help you do it. If you prepare before the install, the longest time will be installing windows updates. You can be back and functioning in a few hours after the updates are through.


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26 Jun 2014   #22
mezzy316

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Okay, I've got everything backed up. I've read the Clean Install tutorials but I'm still a little confused on how I wipe the discs and get a clean copy of Windows 7 installed. Also not sure where/how to install it now that I will have two separate hard drives if I eliminate the RAID.
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26 Jun 2014   #23
Arc

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You may install windows on either of the HDDs.

For the best result, disconnect the SATA cable from one of the HDDs, install windows on the other one. When the installation is done then connect the SATA cable back.

To wipe the discs, there are ways.
But the easiest option is to allow the windows installation disc to do it. When you are on Step 8, first Delete the existing partitions, and then create your own New partitions in the blank disc.
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25 Jul 2014   #24
mezzy316

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Well as one last shot before I went through all of this I unplugged the hard drive cables and power cables and plugged them back in. Worked perfectly up until now, but now I'm back to exactly where I was before. So I'm about to do this, but I have two questions:

#1 - I know I need to go into the BIOS to disable RAID, and that once I do that I won't be able to boot to Windows. However, I will have to also change the boot sequence in the BIOS so that it runs off the USB flash stick. Do I make the RAID change and boot sequence change at the same time? If I do just the RAID change, will I be able to get back into the BIOS to change the boot sequence?

#2 - You said to unplug one of the hard drives and let the Windows 7 installer delete those partitions and reformat it. Once that is done and I reconnect the second hard drive, how do I best wipe/reformat that one? I'll be past the reinstall so I can't the the installer do it.

Thanks!
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25 Jul 2014   #25
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview 64-bit
 
 

Answer to Question 1:
No need to change the boot sequence. Follow the Boot menu key in your motherboard's screen during powering up teh computer. It will be found in the manual too. Press and hold that key during startup. The boot menu (a list of all possible locations to boot from) will appear. Select the USB flash using the up/down scroll key and hit enter. The computer will boot from the USB flash.
Answer to Question 2:
Format a HDD or USB
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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25 Jul 2014   #26
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Also, be sure to go to Acer's web site and download your Lan driver and tour Wi Fi driver. In case Windows has no driver for them. That will allow you to get on the INTERNET and run the windows updates and download any other driver you may need after Windows is installed. Get as many of your installer disks and files as you can before starting. In that way you can have your computer up and functional very quick.
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25 Jul 2014   #27
mezzy316

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks. @essenbe, I assume you mean HPs web site (not Acer's)? Also, my desktop does not have a WiFi card, just LAN.
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25 Jul 2014   #28
mezzy316

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Okay, so I went into the BIOS/Advanced/Controller and other than RAID it gives me both IDE and AHCI (it does not mention ATA). Which one do I pick?
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25 Jul 2014   #29
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

I prefer AHCI, it is much more advanced and allows a lot of options IDE does not. And, yes I meant HP' site. Just get all your installation files for programs you want to install, installation disks and activation numbers before you do the install. That way you have everything you need right in front of you and don't have to hunt them down. That will make the install go much faster and easier.
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25 Jul 2014   #30
mezzy316

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks. From what I was reading AHCI was faster/better but I wanted to check before I did anything. I've got all my installation files, Product Keys, etc. and everything is backed up. Here goes!
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