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Intel ICH96 install into an existing computer without RAID (backup/restore)

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I have a Dell XPS420. Runnin on windows 7x64

The computer supports RAID via the intel ICH9R driver

The original install of windows was done with the BIOS set in comparability mode.

I plan on picking up 2 drives and putting them into RAID 1. I was planning on backing up the entire install (probably use acronis) installing the new drives, configuring the RAID array and restoring the backup.

I think i somehow need to get the ICH9R drivers setup and configured before i do the restore, as the current installation does not have the driver and will not "see" the array to look for the OS, is that correct?

How do i properly do this?
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by:Casey Weaver
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Windows 7 just needs a registry key switch.

This here should do it for you: http://www.windows7news.com/2010/05/25/how-to-enable-ahci-in-windows-7/

Win 7 will support the ICH9 by itself, so switch the reg, clone to RAID, boot, it'll install the driver, reboot again, go update to the latest ich9 driver, reboot again, and all should be good.

Of course for this backups are best, a clone before the reg switch would be your safest bet.
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shanyuen earned 500 total points
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Actually when you configure raid array from BIOS and restore windows 7 x64 image, its should be ok.
Because windows 7 already have generic ICH9R driver built-in.
But if you not sure, you can use acronis universal restore or symantec backup exec system recovery, so it's asking for RAID driver before restoring image.

Another safe way is using Windows Deployment Services.
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by:HADDADD3
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Used acronis, worked great!
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