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Software raid/ide i have a Asus p5k64 ws motherboard that has six sata ports on it, i have four hard drives and one cd/dvd burner pluged in and the hard drives are on software raid 5 that was already on the motherboard, i reasently stuck another hard drive on the last sata port to use seppartly from the raided drives. now i have two OS, xp 64bit on the raided drives, and xp 32bit on the single hard drive, right now i unplugged the raided hard drives and have the sata configuration set to IDE enhanced in the bios, the problem is the single drive wont boot up if i have the sata set to raid, i want to know if i plug the raided drives back in and leave the sata config on ide enhanced if it will destroy the OS on the raided drives. (booting up on the single drive not the raided ones) i cant risk loosing the OS on the raided drives

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  • Eric Jones Dec 19, 2008

    i have five hard drives 4 are on raid 5, and the 5th one is by itself, i installed xp 32bit on the 5th one by unpluging the other four drives and setting the sata config in the bios to ide enhanced, if i plug the other four hard drives back in and leave the bios setting on ide, and boot up from the 5th hard drive will it mess up the raid hard drives, or will it just have to rebuild will i change the setting back to raid?

  • Eric Jones Dec 20, 2008

    thanks, that helps, ill back up everything just to be safe (i was going to at some point anyways) and then ill try it.

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It won't touch them, it should ask you which partition you want to boot from, or which version of windows if your boot.ini files are on the same drive.

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  • Tyrone Martinez Dec 19, 2008

    im sorry, to clarify if your boot.ini files are on the same drive then it won't let you boot from them. boot.ini files are made when formatting so you need to think back to which harddrives you formatted together.

  • Tyrone Martinez Dec 19, 2008

    It won't affect the raid like i said, just make sure that the RAID is not set higher than the EIDE in your boot priorities, if your raid even shows up in IDE mode. you will be able to copy files or whatever you need to do without affecting anything on the raid.

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