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I would like to add two more hard drives to my current RAID 1 setup and create a RAID 0 setup on top of the two RAID 1 setups (which I believe is referred to as "RAID 10").

Components Involved

  • Intel P68 Chipset Motherboard
  • 4 SATA ports that can be configured for Raid
  • An intel SSD cache that sits in front of the RAID, and a 64 GB SSD configured in that manner
  • Two 1TB HDDs configured in RAID 1
  • OS: Windows 7 Professional

Resources Consulted so far

  • I found a great resource on for a good "best practices" process for Linux machines, but I'd like to develop a similar process that I know works on Windows Machines.
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migrated from Apr 4 '12 at 17:11

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Unfortunately, Windows 7 does not support a "software" RAID 1+0 configuration. You would first need to find out if your motherboard supports "hardware" RAID 1+0 configurations. If it does, then I'd suggest:

  • Backing up your OS and data using the Windows backup and recovery tools
  • Create the "hardware" RAID 1+0 configuration in your BIOS.
  • Create a WindowsPE boot CD with the necessary RAID drivers loaded onto the disk
  • Reinstall a base image of Windows, and use the recovery tools to restore the image you made of your OS

Below are some links I used as a reference:

Windows 7 Pro x64 RAID 1 System Image --> Restore to RAID 5

Deploy a System Recovery Image

Hope this information helps!

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