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Windows 7: New Win 7 install with existing merged HDDs

17 Apr 2013   #1
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
New Win 7 install with existing merged HDDs

Hey all,

I currently have (2) 3TB HDDs merged using windows disk manager into a 6GB dynamic disk. They are for data storage. I just bought a new MOBO, CPU, RAM & Video Card. I'm going to do a clean install of Win 7 on my existing SSD. What is going to happen to my merged drives? Will they still be merged or will I have to back them up (which is going to suck), re-merge and put all the files back on it?

Any help would be much appreciated

JoeNaz


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18 Apr 2013   #2
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

I went through a similar scenario when I reinstalled Win 2008 R2 on my server. I had two 2TB drives merged as a dynamic disk, and it was 80% full, so I was worried about losing the content.

There was no need to worry. Didn't have to do anything. The install picked them up and asked me to initialise the dynamic disk (NOT format), and all was well.

Win 2008 R2 and Windows 7 are based on the same kernel.

But - one should ALWAYS back up the contents before anyway.
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18 Apr 2013   #3
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you for the reply. Thats what I was hoping to hear. I was also hoping to avoid picking up another 6TB of hard drives but I bit the bullet and went out last night and got them anyway. Better to be safe than sorry.

Once my parts come today and I do the build i will post a definite on whether it stayed intact or not.

Thank you again
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18 Apr 2013   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

All of this would be avoided if you didn't use them as a merged drive. I know many people, myself included, wouldn't dare use dynamic disks. I avoid them like the plague. If you needed the drives to be seen as one for a specific purpose, you could always use a library to "join" them.
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18 Apr 2013   #5
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
All of this would be avoided if you didn't use them as a merged drive. I know many people, myself included, wouldn't dare use dynamic disks. I avoid them like the plague. If you needed the drives to be seen as one for a specific purpose, you could always use a library to "join" them.
I wouldn't mind other options. Especially since its full and I'm looking to add another 3TB into my mix. That was the easiest way I found to do it, not really being familiar with raid or joining libraries and what not. Ill search around and look into it. Thanks
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18 Apr 2013   #6
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

On a side note. The disturbed picture you have as your icon is my wall paper. One of my two favorite bands. Saw them live with korn last winter or the winter before.
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18 Apr 2013   #7
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Saw them live three times now, and they always put on a great show. I'm not liking Device that much, though. Maybe in time. You might want to look into some drive pool software, if you plan on adding more drives.
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18 Apr 2013   #8
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yea I'm going to have to do something. The drive I'm adding is number 10 and that maxes me out until I get a 4 or 6 port card. I'm going to be using the 2 merged drives and one of the new 3tbs together so I will check out the joining in the library. Hopefully it will do what I want.
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19 Apr 2013   #9
joenaz2003

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

So to my surprise. I changed my MOBO, CPU, Ram and video card and my original windows install just booted right up. I'm guessing it didn't give me an issue since I replaced an AMD CPU with AMD and an Asus MOBO with Asus.

Now I'm working on the merged drive issues. If you have a link or website I can check out the joining disks in the library it would be cool. I cant really find anything other than RAID
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19 Apr 2013   #10
TanyaC

Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon | Win 7 Ult x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joenaz2003 View Post
Now I'm working on the merged drive issues. If you have a link or website I can check out the joining disks in the library it would be cool. I cant really find anything other than RAID
This might help..

New Library - Create

Library - Include a Folder
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