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Windows 7: Rebuilding RAID 1 Array with existing W7 64 bit installation

09 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit Ultimate,Ubuntu 10.10,Windows XP Triple Boot
 
 
Rebuilding RAID 1 Array with existing W7 64 bit installation

Hello there folks,
Being one who is not new to hardware and repairs I have finally found something to stump me...RAID.

I have 2 identical drives, one with a healthy installation of Windows 7 64 but Ultimate, one slightly used. I also have an MSI 790XT-g45 Motherboard with 8 gigs of RAM and using an AMD SB710 Raid controller ( On Board ).

Previously, I had set up hardware RAID 1 with this system and I really did not understand what I was doing. I simply followed the instructions and performed a brand new install of Windows 7 and installed all the s/w....which worked GREAT. About a month later I get a "critical error" on the second drive and the system still booted but not in RAID mode. So I separate the drives and run a Repair due to weird errors. Errors were resolved by the Windows 7 repair.Both Drives are able to boot up flawlessly when separate but when I replace them in RAID 1 mode I get the same critical error. I was hoping that I could just format the second drive and plug everything back in and the RAID controller would re-mirror from the original boot drive back to the newly formatted drive but when I go in to re-set up the Raid the controller interface tells me it's going to wipe out the MBR. Sure enough it did and then even after telling the system to boot from the Array it won't...coz there is no MBR. What I am getting from this lovely experience is that the controller will not re-build ( Mirror ) the single drive to the second drive in the array...and that I will HAVE to back up the single drive,re-build a fresh array,and then replace all my backed up data on the new array that will obviously have a new installation of Windows 7 on it.

Is there any way to do this with out all the backing up,reformatting,rebuilding,reinstalling,and re-reinstalling?

Am I missing anything I should have looked up elsewhere?

Is the AMD SB710 controller a piece of junk that totally lacks a really useful feature?

Or am I a total Newb for never having messed around with RAID before...?


Just to put things in perspective this Computer I built for my sweetie to do her online business with and she believes me to be a competent enthusiast. Please help...


Thanks!

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