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Windows 7: raid noob one drive.

28 Apr 2016   #1
cookiebun

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
raid noob one drive.

Hi. It's been a while since I had to do a clean install of Windows. I have an old Dell Windows 7 machine with a failed hard drive. I'm going to pick up an sata 3 HD for it. When I reinstall Windows am I going to have to do anything in the bios or during the set up concerning Raid since I'm only using a single drive?
I've seen single drive machines that are somehow "raid 0" . The last time I installed windows I had to install sata drivers and raid was in its infancy.
Thanks for any help.


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28 Apr 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I've never seen a single drive/ disk needing to be on a raid anything
That is usually for 2 or more disks
One being very small say 120gb or less for the operating system and a large disk for programs and personal files....
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29 Apr 2016   #3
cookiebun

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

So I can plug the sata drive in and the Windows installer won't stop and tell me I need to install drivers blah blah blah?
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29 Apr 2016   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I would go into your bios and use Optimize defaults and save and exit first that might get rid of any raid configuration setup
Then just follow this
Clean Install Windows 7


Except for when it comes to updating there have been some hoops to jump through lately one being doing the entire install without an internet connection



Reinstalled twice, but Windows still won't update
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29 Apr 2016   #5
cookiebun

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Thanks very much for the replies Thrash.
Edit: I'm not ready to call this solved just yet. Lets see how the set up goes.
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29 Apr 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
No problem look forward to a update = no pun intended
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03 May 2016   #7
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

SATA controllers generally have several modes: Legacy*, AHCI, & RAID. Legacy mode is the default for older boards. Ideally though you want to use AHCI mode, which exposes features that aren't available in Legacy mode: NCQ, hot-plug, and - most importantly in this case - TRIM support for SSDs. Unfortunately, AHCI mode may require integrating drivers. If you can't do that, you have no choice but to use Legacy mode.

* May also be Compatible/IDE/etc.
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