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Windows 7: Changing motherboard without reinstalling Win7x64 + RAID0


31 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Changing motherboard without reinstalling Win7x64 + RAID0

Hey guys,

Apologize in advance if this has been covered numerous times but i can't seem to find the right keywords to research in google and this forum.

Anyways, I currently have a Q6600, Gigabyte P35 motherboard, 4GB DDR2 800 ram, and 2 x 320GB in raid 0 using the ICH9R chipset. The OS is Win 7 Pro x64. Ive just recently bought a Q9550, Asus PQ5 Deluxe (x48), 4GB DDR2 1066 ram.

Is there a way to just plug in my hard drives into the new rig without installing a fresh copy of Windows? To complicate things, will the RAID config i have be a problem or the ICH10R chipset on the new motherboard be a smooth transistion and retain the RAID array?

Thanks in advance

Note: Not sure if this is in the right section, please advise if not.

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31 Jul 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello rorii, welcome to Seven Forums!


Start by having a look at this tutorial at the link below though you may be asking for serious issues with the RAID as Windows 7 and RAID are not exactly the best of friends to start with.


Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer


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31 Jul 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I would seriously consider doing a fresh install!! This will give you nothing but problems.
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31 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks BFK for the link, will have a read thru it.

Anthony: Normally, it would be a no brainer to do a fresh install but i just have way too many programs installed.
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31 Jul 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

I understand completely!! Just trying to make it less of an headache for you....

Good Luck!!
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31 Jul 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcome.


Be sure to copie out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media before you start this just in-case and be sure to post back here with an update.
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31 Jul 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

I personally would stay away from RAID & dynamic partition, as it seems to more problems than it is worth.
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30 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Good news guys. It worked, but with a bit of problems along the way.

Ive managed to get windows up and running from a Gigabyte P35C-DS3R (ichr9) to a Gigabyte EP45-DS4P (ichr10). It managed to retain my raid array. But when it booted up for the first time, i kept getting the error:

Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer

Restarting the computer only does the same thing again. Luckily, i stumbled onto a post (on this forum in fact) to boot in safe mode, get the same error, reboot, and it should continue with the setup. Feeling optimistic, i tried that and it worked!!

Just a few tips:

  • Make sure RAID mode is enabled in the BIOS. Took me 1/2hr to figure out it was disable hence it wouldn't recognise my array.
  • Enable USB device. Rookie mistake, but it was disabled by default and i thought the motherboard USB ports were faulty when i tried to hit F8 to go into safe mode.
  • BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP! It may of been a fluke for me so always backup where ever you can.
Thanks for the tutorial on sysprep and also to one of the member who posted up the solution to the error.
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