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Windows 7: How can I build a basic W7-Pro 64B Hardware Raid-0 System?

3 Weeks Ago   #1
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 
How can I build a basic W7-Pro 64B Hardware Raid-0 System?

I would like to assemble the Hardware and then Clone an existing Windows-7 System to it.
Is there any chance this might work?

OR

I would like to assemble the Hardware and then using MS Backup, Restore an existing Windows-7 to it.
Is there any chance this might work?

I was unsure where my question would best be posted.

Please refer me to a more appropriate Forum if this one is not correct.

Best regards,

Mike Lynch


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Unless you have very specific need raid 0 does very little for you and if one disk fails you loose everything. What are you planning to implment the raid with?
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 

Yes! Will either solution work?
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3 Weeks Ago   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Keep in mind that if you move Windows 7 to a new machine you will have to reactivate it with Microsoft. That's fine if you have a retail version, but if you have an OEM or System Builder version, MS may not allow you to reactivate the version that you have now.

I had to beg to reactivate the last time I had to reinstall, and I didn't even change any hardware.
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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 

Good point. Thank you.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

I do have a Raid 0 array and is working well.
To work well, you must have two identical drives (same brand, same model, same size).
Put a label on the drive with the SATA port it is attached to.
With only the two drives attached to the MB, enter BIOS and build the RAID 0 array.
When done you will have a array that works like a disk with the double size of the individual disks and you can do ALL operations you do on a disk (format, copy, install, clone etc)
As Samuria said, RAID 0 has the double the chance to fail, so you must backup it regularly.

Things you should never do on a RAID 0 array:
- Change SATA order (that is why you should put a label on it with the SATA port it is attached to).
- Detach only one drive.
- Disable Raid on BIOS with the disks attached to the MB. Special attention when you do a BIOS update as new version will have RAID disabled by default.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 

I will be using a:

https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapt...ard~PEXSAT34RH

With two: Western Digital Blue 7200rpm 1TB drives.

https://www.wdc.com/products/interna....html#WD10EZEX
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

If you don't have the disks, don't build the RAID 0 array.
Buy a small ssd (128G) for windows and programs. Up to 550 MBps, SATA III, New, 120GB, 128GB, 2.5, Internal SSDs, SSDs, Components - Newegg.com
Buy a 2T WD Gold. Blue is low quality.
WD Gold 2TB Enterprise Class Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM Class SATA 6Gbs 128MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD2005FBYZ - Newegg.com

US$ 100 for a SATA III controller is a lot of money. pcie sata card, SATA III, Controllers / RAID Cards, Hard Drives, Components - Newegg.com

If you decide to go with my suggestion, I can guide you to have the users folder on the HDD.
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3 Weeks Ago   #9
Mike Lynch

Vista Ultimate 64 and Windows-7 both are 64 Bit
 
 
What the System will be used for!

Our current system is a:

https://www.cnet.com/products/gatewa...-lcd-17/specs/

Intel Duo 2.13 GHz - 4 Gigs of memory using Windows-7 Pro.

It is used to run POS Software which has it's own internal Data Base.

This year, it really began to show it's age.

It's very slow and holds up the Customer Que at times.

We have an unused:

HP Elite 8000 Q9505 Intel Quad 2.83 GHz - 8 Gigs of memory using Windows-7 Pro.

We own the WD Blue Drives.

We do not have a Raid Controller Card.

The Gateway cannot accommodate a Raid Controller Card, it is an AIO PC but without a PCIE Slot.

We are committed to using the HP and an add on PCIE Raid Controller.

Our dilemma is how to 'move' Windows-7 and the POS application to the Raid-0 Array.

Building from scratch, yikes, I really do not want to do that unless it is the only way.

Cloning and / or Backing up and Restoring to the Raid-0 Array would be a God send.

I was hoping to hear if anyone had tried either the Cloning or the Backup and Restore.

Best regards,

Mike Lynch
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

RAID 0 will do very little for an OS drive. An SSD will give you much better performance. RAID 0 can be useful on a data drive with some kinds of data. Benchmarks can be impressive but results in the real world will be more modest. Maintaining backups is always important but doubly so with RAID 0. If one drive fails you will lose everything and data recovery is often challenging, even for data recovery professionals.
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