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I have a Dell R710 server running Server 2008 32 bit.  I want to do a clean install of Server 2012 64 bit on it.  

 It has 2 drives for the operating system in RAID 1 and 4 drives in RAID 5 for data.

 I know I will lose the data on the operating system drives when I do the 2012 install.  

How about the data on the RAID 5 array, will I have access to that after installing Server 2012 even though all data was created in Server 2008 32 bit and the new operating system will be Server 2012 64 bit?

 Thanks,
 cja
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As long as you don't do anything wrong during the installation that deletes whatever is on the data RAID, it will still be accessible. But why worry, as you can always restore from backups?
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If you choose the correct array to install Windows 2012 you shouldnt have any major issues. As long as you do not touch the RAID 5 array you can just see that disk.

It is exactly like adding any disk to a system. It really doesnt matter where it comes from as long as it is formatted in a way the OS can read it.
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