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Can I restore a RAID-0 array after reinstalling OS?

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I have a raid-0 array on the raid controller on my my mobo(Epox 8k3a+). I have WinXP installed on a seperate seperate drive on a different IDE controller. I created the array after I had winxp installed. What I'm wondering is, after I reinstall winXP how can I get it to recognize the RAID-0 array without losing any of the data on it? And do I have to install the RAID drivers when prompted by the winxp install process soon after booting from the cd?

As an aside, if I install Linux in the future will I have to do anything special make it able to detect the array?
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Assuming you don't touch the partion table on the array the new XP installation should see it.
You should install the 3rd party storage drivers at setup when prompted.
Most modern linux distributions will deted the HighPoint RAID controller at installation time. HighPoint has drivers for caldera, suse and redhat (at least).
To use the array you've created though, it will have to be a file system that Linux understands if you're talking about accessing the data that's already there, otherwise you can partition and format it during installation.

Needless to say, you should have a backup, especially before you reload your operating system.
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typo ^^^ linux distributions will DETECT the HighPoint ... sorry
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