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Need to add another hard drive

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  • Started 1 year ago by Handthumb
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Handthumb
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Hi. I will make this as short as possible. I had a motherboard go bad and I had to use one of the two hard drives I was using to get back up and running. (business computer) So now, I want to add another hard drive. I know I can't use the standard raid setup so I was trying to do it through windows 7. I tried to create a new striped volume but once I get to the "select disks" window, it does not allow me to select one disk. I have my "C" drive only, so can I just add one other hard drive? Am I doing something wrong here?

One other question. I have the Sabertooth 990fx mobo with the AMD Phenom II Black Edition processor with a total of 16gb ram. I have 4 extra Corsair Dominator-GT ram, 12gb 1866mhz DDR3. Is it worth putting in the Corsair ram or will it not make a difference? Thank you for your time. :)

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Lighthouse
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Handthumb hi. Can you put your 2nd question in a New Tpic please.

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Handthumb
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O.K. Will do.

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whs
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Is there any special reason that you want to Raid the drives ?? Best would be when you posted a picture of your full Disk Management so that we can see where you stand.

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Handthumb
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Hhmm... Let me see if I can figure out how to post a picture. I wanted to raid the drives so I can speed things up. Disk data transfer is a little slow. I use Autocad, Tekla Structures, Adobe , itunes, email and GoogleChrome at the same time. (on a slow day) 1tb hard drive is good, 2 would be better. I had two in my old Crosshair iv formula and the thing was amazing.

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raphoenix
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The HDDs should be IDENTICAL in make and model number for any Raid Arrays.

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Handthumb
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raphoenix
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Need to Clean Install to get rid of reserve boot partitions.

What is the make model number of the machine or motherboard ??

However can be done the way you have it but is terribly awkward mess.

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Handthumb
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Motherboad is Asus Sabertooth 990FX, can't seem to find the model number and Asus web site is being stupid. This is the one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6813131736

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raphoenix
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Do you have Manual ??

If not download it from Asus Site.

http://www.service.asus.com

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Handthumb
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Yes, I have the manual.

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raphoenix
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Do you know how to use Windows 7 Installation Disc and DiskPart Commands to prepare the hard drives ??

Do you know how to setup the Bios for Raid 0 Array ??

Do you know how to Clean Install ??

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Handthumb
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Originally I did the clean install etc. But then I found out I couldn't do the Raid setup in the bios since I needed 2 clean disks and I already had everything including the OS installed on one of the drives already. So the other disk has been sitting there ever since. So I cannot go this route because I can't afford to take the time to wipe my main disk clean and start from scratch. That's why I wanted to try a software raid setup.

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raphoenix
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Appears to me the Boot Manager resides on Partition 1 Disk 1 and calls Winload System on Partition 2 Disk 0.

If Partition 2 Disk 0 actually has boot manager and booting the system, I think? you will loose the system if you format Partition 2 Disk 2 and try to include it in a Raid 0 setup.

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germ-x
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If you have an external storage device make an image of your system now then you can try differnet setups and if all fails you just recover your image and your back in 20 minutes.
Use this free imaging utility.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

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Handthumb
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the help. Germ-X, thanks for the link. I will give it a try. :)

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