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Windows 7: Will I lose RAID array's when I install Win7?

02 Dec 2009   #1
cvalley

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Will I lose RAID array's when I install Win7?

Hi, Windows 7 Forums;
I'm currently running Vista Ultimate x86 and have two Striped RAID arrays. I've already tried to do an update with Windows 7 Ultimate and the system balked and restored the Vista OS informing me that it can't update this system. I've cleaned up my system drive and readied myself to reformat my sys drive to facilitate a clean install of Win7 but i'm worried about two RAID arrays that I have running. I don't want to have to create the arrays again and reformat the drives and lose all the data on them. Will I need to have all my drivers ready when I install Win7? and if I use the drivers as new wouldn't i lose my RAID? A loss of 2.5TB of data would set me back a long long time.

Thanks


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02 Dec 2009   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cvalley View Post
Hi, Windows 7 Forums;
I'm currently running Vista Ultimate x86 and have two Striped RAID arrays. I've already tried to do an update with Windows 7 Ultimate and the system balked and restored the Vista OS informing me that it can't update this system. I've cleaned up my system drive and readied myself to reformat my sys drive to facilitate a clean install of Win7 but i'm worried about two RAID arrays that I have running. I don't want to have to create the arrays again and reformat the drives and lose all the data on them. Will I need to have all my drivers ready when I install Win7? and if I use the drivers as new wouldn't i lose my RAID? A loss of 2.5TB of data would set me back a long long time.

Thanks
Hi and welcome

You could run the update advisor to see if they would pass now


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02 Dec 2009   #3
cvalley

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks zigzag, I just downloaded and i'm running it now.
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02 Dec 2009   #4
cvalley

Windows 7 x64
 
 

OK just ran the advisor. It looks like everything is compatible (See Report below) But when it says the device is compatible doesn't really ease my concerns. Being compatible and recognizing the arrays may be two different things (I Think)
In the past when you installed an OS you were prompted to have the RAID drivers at hand and install them when prompted. Not sure if this is still the MO. I want it to see the RAID that is already there and recognize it. Do you know if this is how it is handled?
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02 Dec 2009   #5
cvalley

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Oops the report

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Report

Computer Name:

Operating System:
Windows Vista Ultimate

CPU:
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz

Memory:
4.0 GB

System
Details

Upgrade options available
You can upgrade to 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate.
Go online to get detailed instructions on how to upgrade

CPU speed: 2.4 GHz
Your CPU meets the 1 GHz minimum requirement.

4.0 GB of RAM
Your PC meets the 2 GB minimum requirement.
Canon MP600
Canon
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.
Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R SATA RAID Controller
Intel
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.

JMicron JMB36X Controller
JMicron Technology Corp.
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.

Marvell 61xx RAID Controller
Marvell Inc.
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
NVIDIA
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.
USB Mass Storage Device
Compatible USB storage device
Compatible
This device is compatible with Windows 7.
Programs
Status
Details

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02 Dec 2009   #6
cvalley

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hasn't anybody installed Win7 on a system drive while there was an active RAID array in the background on internal HDD's?
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