I just got a quad core AMD HP brand pc (single drive config) (windows 7)
The bios has the drive controller set to RAID.
When I boot my acronis CD, it doesn't see the drive
Just for fun, I changed the bios to AHCI. Then, acronis could see the drive, but windows wouldn't boot.
I want to be able to image my pc while windows is running, and boot from the the imaging tool's boot cd to restore the image.
At first glance, it would seem that raid, since I'm not planning on doing raid needlessly complicates things. However, since the OS is already installed, it doesn't seem like there's an easy way to change that.
When I get home, I'll try installing macrium reflect and create an emergency boot cd to see if that works (maybe the act of creating an emergency boot cd is pc specific?)
So, I guess I'm asking is it better to leave it in raid, even if I never plain on raid 0 or 1? Would AHCI perform better? (and if so, is there a way to change the bios and not have to reinstall windows 7?)
Here's a trick I did to upgrade the hard drive side: I was trying to install a 2 TB drive (vs. the 1 TB that came with it), so I changed the bios to IDE, used acronis to image to an external usb drive, then restored to the new 2 TB drive, then change the bios back to RAID, and windows 7 booted on the new 2 TB drive. Obviously, not ideal, but it got the job done.