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Windows 7: Can't remove Raid!!

18 Jun 2011   #1
ricardomax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Can't remove Raid!!

Hi - I have a problem which I have run out of ideas as to how to solve...

I did have 2 hdds in RAID 0, and wanted to switch to a single disk (so I could swap the motherboard without issue).

Cloned the 2 hdds to the single using Norton Ghost. It works fine and the PC boots no problem - but only if the bios (Asus) is set to 'configure sata as RAID'. If I change to 'configure sata as IDE' it won't boot (bsod during windows loading screen).

The PC clearly thinks the new, single hdd is still a raid system - which presumably could cause problems when I upgrade the mobo. I have tried Windows 7 repair, fixmbr, fixboot, rebuild bcd... none of it makes any difference!

So I am out of ideas!! How can I get the PC to realise it's just a single disk???


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18 Jun 2011   #2
theog

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In BIOS do you have a SATA setting AHCI, if NO, RAID is the right setting.
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18 Jun 2011   #3
ricardomax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
In BIOS do you have a SATA setting AHCI, if NO, RAID is the right setting.
There is AHCI, but that won't work. Raid boots fine - the problem is I don't want it set as raid - because I want to upgrade the mobo - and I believe the a new mobo is likely to not recognise an older raid array? If it will, then fine, I'll leave it and upgrade. But that's why I wanted to change the bios to 'configure sata as IDE'...
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18 Jun 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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As you are upgrading the MOBO
Take a look at this tutorial:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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18 Jun 2011   #5
ricardomax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
As you are upgrading the MOBO
Take a look at this tutorial:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
Hmmm - nice guide. I'll try that - maybe that will overcome the raid issues... thanks!
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18 Jun 2011   #6
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Can you Post back, & let us now.
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18 Jun 2011   #7
ricardomax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Will do - might be a while though before I get a chance to buy and install the new mobo...
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18 Jun 2011   #8
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ricardomax View Post
Hi - I have a problem which I have run out of ideas as to how to solve...

I did have 2 hdds in RAID 0, and wanted to switch to a single disk (so I could swap the motherboard without issue).

Cloned the 2 hdds to the single using Norton Ghost. It works fine and the PC boots no problem - but only if the bios (Asus) is set to 'configure sata as RAID'. If I change to 'configure sata as IDE' it won't boot (bsod during windows loading screen).

The PC clearly thinks the new, single hdd is still a raid system - which presumably could cause problems when I upgrade the mobo. I have tried Windows 7 repair, fixmbr, fixboot, rebuild bcd... none of it makes any difference!

So I am out of ideas!! How can I get the PC to realise it's just a single disk???
Is the RAID your system drive?

If so, the image will contain the RAID drivers, and the Windows registry will be configured to use them.

I've never used it for the purpose, but I speculate that the "sysprep" utility might be usable to make the Win7 installation generic enough to be cloned onto a non-RAID volume.

The safest approach would probably be a clean re-install of Windows, though.
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18 Jun 2011   #9
ricardomax

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi - yes the RAID is the system drive (in fact it's the only drive!). As I say, fixmbr, fixboot, rebuild bcd didn't work... I'll try sysprep when I get a chance - possibly without changing hardware at all, just changing the bios 'configure sata as...' from raid to ide and seeing if that works.

I'm trying to avoid a clean install if at all possible!
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18 Jun 2011   #10
James Colbert

 
 

This may help.

After changing your bios to AHCI:

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

Just found a link that may be more helpful, as it applies directly to changing RAID to AHCI:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...1-8872c841023a

And here is a google for the expected terms:

http://www.google.com/search?q=chang...x=&startPage=1


James
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