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Windows 7: Disk Boot Failure with RAID 0 Array

19 Apr 2010   #11
Carl Lawrence

Dual-boot: Windows 7 HP 32-bit SP1 & Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP2.
 
 

I am glad that you managed to fix it yourself.


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20 Apr 2010   #12
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Startup Recovery, looks for Boot files on Disk 0, which is your E: drive.
It seems this problem probably came about because I did the install on the new raid set while the storage drive was still present. I usually disconnect everything, but this being about my millionth installI guess I was blase about it.

Is it possible to set up the raid set as Disk 0 now? Will it screw things further? Or will it always default to Disk 1?
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20 Apr 2010   #13
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

MrNosebleed, you are one brave individual... I personally will NEVER EVER consider RAID 0 as OS volume... or for anything for that matter. The thought of someday somehow, either my controller went south, or one of the RAID member disk went to HDD heaven - I'll loose a running system... But each to one's own I guess...

Glad the problem is solved though

zzz2496
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23 Apr 2010   #14
MrNosebleed

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzz2496 View Post
MrNosebleed, you are one brave individual... I personally will NEVER EVER consider RAID 0 as OS volume... or for anything for that matter. The thought of someday somehow, either my controller went south, or one of the RAID member disk went to HDD heaven - I'll loose a running system... But each to one's own I guess...

Glad the problem is solved though

zzz2496
Just slap me round the head a few times and call me stoopid. I meant to say RAID 1.

I had a system drive fail once many years back and I learned my lesson. Storage is cheap compared to critical data. Since then every OS I've installed has been on a mirrored set. Probably better ways to do it, like keeping all your data on a seperate drive and keeping a disk image up to date, but who has time for thet these days?

Maybe what I lose my bravery points I make back in common sense.

Cheers
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23 Apr 2010   #15
wangster

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've always had my Windows installed on a RAID 0. I think it's mostly personal preference. I feel that if a RAID member drive goes bad, worst case scenario, I just have to buy another drive and install Windows again from the CD/DVD or a Ghost image. I'm personally more concerned about precious data. After all, Windows and all the programs can be re-installed but if you lose your data (for example, I had about 1,000 pictures from a vacation and lost it all), you're pretty much screwed.
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23 Apr 2010   #16
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wangster View Post
I've always had my Windows installed on a RAID 0. I think it's mostly personal preference. I feel that if a RAID member drive goes bad, worst case scenario, I just have to buy another drive and install Windows again from the CD/DVD or a Ghost image. I'm personally more concerned about precious data. After all, Windows and all the programs can be re-installed but if you lose your data (for example, I had about 1,000 pictures from a vacation and lost it all), you're pretty much screwed.
With hard drives being so big there is really no need for RAID 0 for the OS.

RAID 0 is typically used where you have a ton of data and need a lot of space. Especially before you could buy a 1TB drive. But if you need 8TB of space and only have enough space for 4 drives in your system you can install 4 drives 2TB each and use RAID 0. Giving you 8TB of space as one huge drive. You would be much better off using RAID 1 for your OS then you have a small bit of fault protection. Or if as you say that data is more important and the OS is an easy reload. Use 1 drive for the OS and 2 drives RAID 1 for the data. If the OS drive crashes, replace it and reload the OS. If 1 data drive crashes you just need to replace the drive and let the RAID rebuild.
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17 Aug 2010   #17
ChiefRA

Windows 7 x64
 
 

or WindowsStar, you could use RAID 01 - Raid 01 explained (at least 4 HDD's, pairs of 2) in which way, you gain both: fastest speed for your massive applications AND protection for your data. What do you say?

ChiefRA
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17 Aug 2010   #18
WindowsStar

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ChiefRA View Post
or WindowsStar, you could use RAID 01 - Raid 01 explained (at least 4 HDD's, pairs of 2) in which way, you gain both: fastest speed for your massive applications AND protection for your data. What do you say?

ChiefRA
Respectfully you missed the point of what the OP is requesting. He only has 2 hard drives and wants to use RAID 0. We have been explaining to him that USING RAID 0 is unsafe and that he should use RAID 1 if nothing else to protect his data. I then went on to explain theoretical scenarios with 3 and 4 drives; however he does not have those drives. Using RAID 0+1 would give the best of both worlds if he had 4 hard drives but since he only has the 2 that is not going to work for him.

Thanks -WS
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19 Aug 2010   #19
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If the OP have 4 (or more) disks, he'd probably use RAID-5 instead of RAID 01...

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