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Windows 8 on new SSD with Win 7 remaining in place

I have a new SSD(Vertex Plus R2) that I want to drop in my computer and install Windows 8 on. I currently have 2 320GB drives (RAID 0) with Win 7 installed. What is the best way to install Win 8 on the SSD and keep Win 7 intact? As an added bonus if you can tell me how to un-Raid my system that would be great. I have a 1TB WD external drive that i can use to move data too temporarily.
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The external came with Acronis True Image WD Edition. Will that work? Also, what order should the drives be installed in? I imagine that the SDD should be first right?
Acronis may work, but as I'm not a fan of that product I don't normally comment on it. I've also heard of it occasionally having issues, but that doesn't have to be the case.

The order of the disks shouldn't matter. Just make sure you can select those you want to be able to boot from in the BIOS via boot order.
Ok. Would this be the correct Paragon product?
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html
Yes, that is fine. Just first install it within windows, and then when it is started you can create a CD from which you can boot from so you'll be able to restore from the backup you made.
This look about right for the full backup? I see it showing the RAID config. Is it going to try and restore a RAID config?
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It depends on the driver. If the RAID setup of your Controller uses the same driver as the non RAID setup, then no. If the driver is different you need a utility that restores to different hardware. I'm not sure if the free version of Paragon backup and recovery has such an option, but the non free versions do.. Usually you can get trial versions of the non-free versions of their software, and during that trial period it is fully functional (apart from that their products are cheap compared to others, and it may be a good idea to buy some of them).
Hmmm. I am really not sure about the driver situation. What would be the worse case scenario if I broke up the raid and tried to restore? If the restore fails then I could put it back to RAID 0 until I have a fix. Either way, to get Win 8 on the SSD shouldn't change right?
Correct.
If this is an experimental install to test how Win8 acts on your hardware then VHD boot is by far the best option.  This is NOT a virtual machine, but rather using a VHD like a partition.

Of course since it is a VHD it can be created as "growable" and only use the actual space in use and you can simply delete it if you are done with Win8.  You cannot set Checkpoints / Snapshots as that is a function of running machine virtualization software.

It has the benefit OVER a virtual machine of running on your actual hardware - better performance and true test of driver compatibility.

Here are a couple links on how to do it:

With Install Media:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-to-use-a-vhd-to-dual-boot-windows-8-on-a-windows-7-pc/4847

From a WIM (usually corporate deployment):
http://blogs.technet.com/b/haroldwong/archive/2012/08/18/how-to-create-windows-8-vhd-for-boot-to-vhd-using-simple-easy-to-follow-steps.aspx
The drive issue can be easily checked if you boot from created CD and see if the RAID has been detected as single HDD.
Also, if you get Home version of Backup & Recovery 12 then you can make WinPE Recovery CD based on Windows 7 and it will work with your RAID 100% as it has Load Driver option in case the RAID is not detected.
Also, via its CD you can hide the Win 7 volumes from Windows 8 installation and install the newer OS to separate drive properly. This will let you later delete any of the OS without destroying the other one.
Ok Rindi. It took a little work but I have broken the raid and restored Win 7 to a single HDD. I've also gone ahead and removed that second HHD to re-purpose it elsewhere. The SSD is also installed now and is being detected fine. Now for Win 8. Do I install from the CD on boot or can I install Win 8 directly on the SSD though Win 7?
You need to boot from the Windows 8 installation DVD.
Make sure that Windows 8 installation HDD is set as disk 0 . This is important.
Do you set the SSD to Disk 0 in the bios or in Win7? It's set to Disk 0 in Win 7
Hmmm. Can't figure out why the Win 8 DVD won't boot. I burned the iso to it and it installed fine on my other systems granted those were upgrades to Win 7.
Did you make sure the boot order is set to first boot from the DVD in the BIOS? Also make sure that you press a key, as there should be a message on the display to hit any key to boot from the DVD, and there is a countdown, if you don't hit any key there it'll boot from the HD.
The HDD order is set n BIOS.
Ok. Progress is being made and I have a new issue but let me recap what has been done since my last post.

1. I had to swap out DVD drives because the original drive was not reading my burned discs. It was an old IDE drive so it needed an update.

2. Once DVD drive was swapped out Win8 was installed on the SSD without a hitch.

3. I had to clone the Win7 install onto the other HDD because the power connector on the drive I was removing was broken off in the power cable a long time ago. I forgot about that when picking the drive to re-image so I had to do a clone and swap drives.

So this is where I am at currently. Here is my problem.

1. SSD is no longer drive 0 - the HDD is.
2. I do not get a OS menu on startup. It goes directly to my Win8 install.

I'm not sure if the SSD not being drive 0 is a big deal but i would like an OS menu. That being said I am considering partitioning the SSD and throwing Ubuntu on it. I've heard that may take care of the OS  menu issue. What say you?
I haven't used ubuntu together with Win 8, so I don't know if it helps, but there is nothing against trying. I'd just either go for ubuntu 12.04 and not 12.10, it is much stabler, or use one of Lubuntu/Xubuntu/Kubuntu versions, or even better Linux Mint.
The latest GRUB version which is Boot Manager of Ubuntu shld take care of Windows 8.