Reinstall Windows, Migrate RAID1?
Posted on 2006-07-17
I have been running my system successfully for a while now, and decided recently to upgrade my boot drive from ATA to SATA. I also have 2 x 250GB SATA drives configured in RAID1 mirror (as a data drive) without problems.
To avoid messing up my current Windows installation, I have reinstalled Windows XP on the new 160GB SATA drive. HOWEVER, I cannot get the RAID1 data group to be recognized as "Mirrored" by default. Instead, in the SiI Array Manager, it comes up with the pair as "Available". When I boot to my new SATA (non-RAID) drive, The SAM comes up with the option to "Create RAID Group", but I'm scared to do that for fear of losing the data that I already have on the drives.
So -- since I am not changing BIOS, motherboard, drivers, etc. what do I need to do on the new windows installation to recognize the same mirror set as I had before?
Is it because when I tried F6 (to load RAID drivers) during the reinstall, I skipped the load (didn't have a floppy drive) and continued on with Win install? I assumed that I only need the F6 driver loadup if I want to make a RAID partition bootable.
Would selecting "Create RAID Group" on the new windows installation work and would it not damage any of the existing data on those drives?
Another strange thing I noted is that the Power-On sequence (after RAM check), where it displays the available drives is VERY slow (10 secs?) when I have both the ATA boot drive & SATA boot drive plugged in. Disconnecting the ATA drive allows the boot sequence to continue much faster (1 sec). Boot menu allows me to select either drive to start, but I wonder if there is some conflict here.
Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thx.
- ASUS A8N-32SLI Premium
- AMD 64 3800x2
- 3GB DDR400
- Windows XP Home SP2
- RAID1: 2x250GB Seagate
- SATA2: 1x160GB Samsung
- IDE ATA: 1x250GB Maxtor