RAID -> AHCI on New quad core pc

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.

Any thoughts?

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Acronis simply does not have RAID drivers for your RAID controller. You need to get either WinPE CD (if it does exist) or use another backup tool.
I recommend you Paragon Drive Backup 10 Professional:
You can get it with 50% discount as you have some backup tool already.
With it you will get WinPE2.1 Recovery CD that has Load Driver feature plus Adjust OS to help you migrate to new hardware etc etc. Load Driver allows loading drivers for hardware that is not detected by default driver pack of WinPE.
Give it a test.

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mike2401Author Commented:
Thanks.  I got macrium reflect free and on the pc in question, created a rescue cd.  I suspect it creates a rescue cd with any particulars that are needed.  In any event, leaving the bios as raid, the macrium cd can see the drive, so I'm good to go.  

Thanks much !!

mike2401Author Commented:
Thank you!!
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