Upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 on RAID 1 environment

Mike 0 Reputation points

I would like to upgrade a windows 7 PC which has RAID 1 to windows 10. Windows 7 pc has a main operating system drive (c:) and a 2 TB drive for storage both Raid 1. There are 4 drives altogether.

Can I upgrade as is and windows 10 will recognize the Raid set up or should Raid be removed and disconnect all the drives except the main windows 7 operating system drive that needs to be upgraded. Then reconnect the other drives?

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  1. glebgreenspan 1,125 Reputation points

    Hello Mike

    When upgrading a Windows 7 PC with RAID 1 to Windows 10, it's generally recommended to disconnect the RAID configuration during the upgrade process to avoid potential complications and ensure a smooth transition. Here are steps you can follow:

    1.     Backup Data: Before proceeding with any changes, ensure that you have a full backup of all important data on your system, including the RAID drives.

    2.     Disconnect Non-System Drives: Shut down the Windows 7 PC and disconnect all drives except the main operating system drive (usually C: drive) that you want to upgrade to Windows 10. This includes disconnecting the RAID drives and any other additional storage drives.

    3.     Upgrade to Windows 10: Proceed with the Windows 10 upgrade process on the main operating system drive. You can choose to perform a clean install of Windows 10 or upgrade from Windows 7 based on your preference.

    4.     Reconnect RAID Drives: Once the Windows 10 upgrade is completed and the system is up and running, shut down the PC again. Reconnect the RAID drives and any other drives that were disconnected earlier.

    5.     RAID Recognition: Windows 10 should be able to recognize the RAID configuration once the drives are reconnected. If the RAID setup is not automatically recognized, you may need to access the RAID controller settings during boot and ensure that the RAID configuration is detected and configured correctly.

    6.     Data Access: After reconnecting the RAID drives, check to ensure that you can access the data stored on them within Windows 10. You may need to assign drive letters or initialize the RAID array if required.


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