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Breaking Windows Software RAID 1 using IDE and SATA

omagarc asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Windows 2k3 STD 32 bit edition.
Boot Drive 120 GIG IDE
Added 3Ware 8 port SATA card created 120 GIG RAID 1 and 1 Terabyite RAID 10.

Using Windows,  I created a software raid with the IDE and SATA (Hardware) RAID 1 in hopes of pulling the IDE and leaving the SATA Hardware RAID.

Upon Breaking the mirror and pulling the IDE,  the system will not boot with the SATA HW Raid as it states a corrupt ntoskrnl.exe file.

Put the IDE back in and it boots like normal.

Pull the SATA and the system boots but you can not log into the system. It starts the login process then immediately logs off.

When the software raid was broken, the SATA HW Raid kept drive C and the IDE has Drive D letter assignments.

A folder was created by Windows on the IDE drive D: named Boot Fiiles.  IDE Drive D is the system device

How can I get the system to successfullly boot off the SATA HW RAID drive C as should already contain an exact copy of IDE drive d:?
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Andrew DavisManager

Put the IDE back in.
Create an ASR backup using ntbackup.
pull the IDE
Use the tools to create a hardware mirror for your two sata drives
restore your ASR to the new raid.

Please note whenever playing/changing hard drive configurations, assume it will go bad, and do a backup.


Pulling my IDE doesn't change my system drive.  This system drive is currently Drive D and I need it to be Drive C as other programs depend upon this drive letter.  How do I change the System Drive to C: so that I can make sure the system is restored to Drive C?
Andrew DavisManager

right click on "my computer" select manage, then Disk management, Right click on the drive and select change drive letter. You will need to change the current drive c to something else. then change D to C then change the other drive back to C


Windows can not modiy the drive letter of your system volume or boot volume...
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