When I installed Windows 7 on this computer, I saw Intel Rapid Storage Technology on it, and I created a Volume of the two drives in this computer thinking that this would like combine the size of the two drives into one pseudodrive. But that didn't happen, it doesn't seem to have done anything at all and now my second drive is gone. Is there a way to undo the Volumes and Arrays in Intel Rapid Storage Technology?

  • If you created an array you will still have to extend the windows partition in disk management for windows to see the extra space. – Supercereal Nov 9 '11 at 19:00
  • ..and how do you do that? More detailed answers -_- – Mark Kramer Nov 9 '11 at 19:03
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    Not an answer it's a comment for a reason... I don't always have time to write out proper answers.. You can google windows disk management. But I'll tell you since you seem pretty lazy: go to administrative tools in control panel then computer management. You should see disk management in the computer management MMC. IF you need detailed answer with pictures then google is your best bet. – Supercereal Nov 9 '11 at 19:06
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    Or you can just type 'disk management' into the Start Menu...the search functionality is there for a reason, kids! :) – Shinrai Nov 9 '11 at 19:08
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    Also if you already "did that" then you should see all of your space and if you already have been in disk management why did you ask for more detailed instructions? Your comments really confuse me. – Supercereal Nov 9 '11 at 19:13

What KIND of volume did you make (this is the very first thing it asks you, as I recall)? There are multiple kinds of RAID arrays available - it sounds like you made a RAID1 array, which is for redundancy, when you meant to make a RAID0 array, which is for increased capacity/speed.

You should be able to select the array and change the type (or disable entirely) from the RST interface.

EDIT: If this is the current active system volume (i.e., Windows is installed on it) there's no way to easily disable a RAID0 this after the fact. You'll need to change it from the RAID BIOS (usually Ctrl+I as the system is booting up for Intel controllers), but this will completely wipe the contents of the drives. You need to either clone the installation off to a third drive, and then clone it back on, or just format and start from scratch.

  • I would if I could but there are no options for changing or disabling it – Mark Kramer Nov 9 '11 at 19:02
  • and it is RAID 0 – Mark Kramer Nov 9 '11 at 19:02
  • If you open RST, select 'Manage' and then the array, you don't have 'Change Type' next to "RAID0"? If it's in RAID0, and configured properly, then you should see a single drive that's the combined size of the other drives. If it's not the right size, you may need to extend the partition - launch Disk Management from the Start Menu and you should see pretty plainly what disks Windows thinks you have. – Shinrai Nov 9 '11 at 19:07
  • (If you're running off this RAID0 you may not be able to change it on the fly, but I assume you're not because I think RST would have complained about this...but I've never tried. That would explain why it might not let you change it, though, but anything else will require changing things outside the OS.) – Shinrai Nov 9 '11 at 19:08
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    Mark, I should have asked more explicitly - is Windows installed on the RAID0 volume? – Shinrai Nov 9 '11 at 19:11

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