|17 Dec 2009||#1|
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Setting up RAID 0 and installing Win7 on it
Hello, I'm new to setting up RAID arrays and installing Windows 7 and I'd just like to clear some things up. System:
MOBO: Asus P7P55D
CPU: Core i5 750
RAM: 4GB DDR3
GPU: Radeon HD 4890 Vapor-X
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 700W
I currently have WinXP SP3 installed on a WD 1TB Green HDD. I recently bought two Intel X25-M's with 80GB each to put them in a RAID 0 array and to install Windows 7 on that array.
I know how to set up a RAID 0 array in BIOS but I have one question. I sort of figured out that I have to remove XP and set up the RAID 0 before installing Windows 7 or it won't work. Is that correct? So I basically have to remove XP, then set up RAID 0 in BIOS and then insert the Windows 7 DVD and start the setup. There's one more thing I'm not sure about; it said somewhere that I need to have a USB flash drive with the RAID driver in order to successfully install Windows 7 on the RAID 0 array. Is that really necessary?
I would really appreciate some help because I don't want to mess up anything. Thank you.
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|17 Dec 2009||#2|
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How to set up a Raid 0, with SATA drives.
This is a simple guide on how to set up a raid 0. I recommend setting up a Raid 0 with an even number of identical SATA hard drives.
Now you’re in the Raid Bios.
There are four things you will need to do.
(All Raid bioses are a little different, but the premise is the same.)
Get ready to push F6 quickly
After you've exited the raid bios, it will boot into the windows install setup. When you see "press F6 to setup third party drivers, Hit F6, and insert the floppy disc(If you haven't already). Then it will start the normal format process. It won’t actually read from the floppy disc yet. (If you’ve never formatted a computer before, you have no business trying to set up a Raid)
Watch the bottom of the screen. When it asks you if you have third party drivers press F6 100 times, LOL. (It’s very important that your F keys are on. Some newer keyboards you must enable the F keys on the keyboard.)
Start normal format process.
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