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Converting from AHCI to RAID on GA-AB350-Gaming 3

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I have a main boot drive which is a SSD, my system hasn't been in RAID mode before. I had recently replaced a few of my 4TB drives that were not in a raid with two 10TB drives. I want to use these two 10TB drives in a raid 1 but I can't figure out how to update the driver to the RAID driver after i switch modes. I tried safe mode and it won't even boot in safe mode because I don't think Windows 10 can recognize the controller once i switch to raid. How do I update this driver so it will recognize the controller and I can boot? I'm hoping there is a way I can even edit the registry with the new driver info if that is what I need to do, any help appreciated, I don't want to reinstall windows... Thanks for any help provided.

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If the drives have data on them and you switch RAID configs, the data is gone and lost forever.

As to the RAID, are you trying to use Windows (software) RAID or does your computer support Hardware RAID, which you'd set up in the BIOS/UEFI screens in most cases?
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Where did he say he wanted to use it for gaming?
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Literally no information there that will help me, I just want to set up a mirror raid... This is about raid 0 and whether it will help with gaming? You lost me on this one...
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FYI...
If the drives have data on them and you switch RAID configs, the data is gone and lost forever.

As to the RAID, are you trying to use Windows (software) RAID or does your computer support Hardware RAID, which you'd set up in the BIOS/UEFI screens in most cases?
I know I'll lose the data on any drive i put in a raid config, however my main boot drive which is a 500gb ssd won't be put in a raid, if I can just figure out how to have it load the raid driver instead of the regular one there shouldn't be a problem, i think i just need to figure out how to change the driver it loads in registry it would work, was just hoping to know which keys I needed to change but if I can edit that and reboot in raid i think it would boot fine.. Problem is when i switch to raid in BIOS and reboot it can't recognize the HDD controller because when you enable the raid its going to obviously need a different driver.. I just don't want to have to reinstall win10 and all apps and games, I love the way it is...
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... I want to use these two 10TB drives in a raid 1 but I can't figure out how to update the driver to the RAID driver after i switch modes. I tried safe mode and it won't even boot in safe mode because I don't think Windows 10 can recognize the controller once i switch to raid. How do I update this driver so it will recognize the controller and I can boot? I'm hoping there is a way I can even edit the registry with the new driver info if that is what I need to do, any help appreciated, I don't want to reinstall windows... Thanks for any help provided.
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I know I'll lose the data on any drive i put in a raid config, however my main boot drive which is a 500gb ssd won't be put in a raid, if I can just figure out how to have it load the raid driver instead of the regular one there shouldn't be a problem, i think i just need to figure out how to change the driver it loads in registry it would work, was just hoping to know which keys I needed to change but if I can edit that and reboot in raid i think it would boot fine.. Problem is when i switch to raid in BIOS and reboot it can't recognize the HDD controller because when you enable the raid its going to obviously need a different driver.. I just don't want to have to reinstall win10 and all apps and games, I love the way it is...
Are you going to run a RAID 0 or a RAID 1???
Unless you have a 3rd 10TB drive Internal or external to back your RAID 0 up to, I'd call you foolish at the very least. If your are going to run a RAID 1, then you aren't at as much risk to loose 10TB of data if 1 drive crashes.

You also haven't said if you are trying for a hardware raid (setting it up in BIOS/UEFI) or within Windows.

You have said it won't boot in Safe Mode, but you haven't said if you've actually tried to let it boot without first trying Safe Mode.
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Are you going to run a RAID 0 or a RAID 1???
Unless you have a 3rd 10TB drive Internal or external to back your RAID 0 up to, I'd call you foolish at the very least. If your are going to run a RAID 1, then you aren't at as much risk to loose 10TB of data if 1 drive crashes.

You also haven't said if you are trying for a hardware raid (setting it up in BIOS/UEFI) or within Windows.

You have said it won't boot in Safe Mode, but you haven't said if you've actually tried to let it boot without first trying Safe Mode.
Read the original first thread it even says RAID 1 and I have all my data still on my old drives, the 10tb data isn't the issue, I just don't want to have to reinstall Win10 and if you check again I said change to raid in BIOS??? I think that means its hardware...
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RAID 1 and I have all my data still on my old drives, the 10tb data isn't the issue, I just don't want to have to reinstall Win10 and if you check again I said change to raid in BIOS??? I think that means its hardware...
I think that you did it wrong then...as Windows has already seen the raid card and applied a driver for it, else it would have never seen your 4 TB drives in the first place before you swapped out for the 10 TB drives.

You never confirmed that it won't boot to windows, just not in safe mode, but I'm gonna assume that if it did boot to windows, you'd not have made this thread.

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I've done this before, but it was a while ago on Windows 7. There are a bunch of Google results, so it should be fairly straightforward to figure out.

The steps here [overclock.net] for Windows 8 say all you need to do is uninstall the existing drivers and boot into safe mode.

My suggestion though would be to set up mirroring within Windows and leave your controller set to AHCI.
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I've done this before, but it was a while ago on Windows 7. There are a bunch of Google results, so it should be fairly straightforward to figure out.

The steps here [overclock.net] for Windows 8 say all you need to do is uninstall the existing drivers and boot into safe mode.

My suggestion though would be to set up mirroring within Windows and leave your controller set to AHCI.
Might be right, would be the easiest, I just really don't want to install the OS again... And I tried removing the drivers and rebooting into safe mode, the problem is though this driver must not be available in Windows like it would if it was an Intel RAID controller, thanks for the help.
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