So I've got an older computer that's host to a software based raid array.
The windows install is acting a fool and I'm thinking it's time to format this puppy.
will my windows 7 created software raid die if I reformat the OS?
ps: the OS is installed not only on a separate partition, but a separate physical drive.
Drive 1: 60gb - Operating System drive
Drive 2-5: 4x 500gb drives in a 2tb raid 0 array set up through windows 7.
Baring any of that I would just google the hell out of that.
If your Windows 7 partition is outside the array and on the primary drive, you should have an intact OS, however if you installing applications in the array, those apps will be broken and have broken references in your regestry.
My best advice is to back up everything and get rid of that array all together. It's not worth it.
The performance improvements I've seen isn't wroth the 4-fold risk in data loss.
With that in mind, do you have any suggestions on how to implement a terabyte and a half large file transfer from one raid array to another? I've had nothing but trouble with dragging even just ~8gig files back and forth between networked drives.
As for moving the data, TeraCopy over a wired connection and see how that works out for you; it's always managed to keep consistent speeds for me, over the standard Windows copy system, so I always use it when transferring large quantities of data. It also tends to be better at handling shifting data across my network too.