Before you start this backup to external media. This could be CD, DVD, USB
drive whatever. Even though you have a RAID 1 array a backup that is stored
on your computer is not really a backup but a convenient way to recover
something quickly. There are many things that could go wrong while
installing an OS that could corrupt any drives that are installed.
Much depends on the BIOS. With some BIOS' Vista will always see the first
SATA drive as the boot drive no matter what you do. You can still install
Vista on the PATA drive if this happens but the boot sector will be on the
first SATA drive. This only seems to happen on some older motherboards. Make
sure the BIOS is set to boot from the PATA drive and you will probably be
OK. If you are not dual booting. Delete the partitions on the PATA drive and
recreate one partition to install Vista on. Do this from the Vista
installation. If you need more partitions leave room for them and create
them later once Vista is installed. Note that this will erase everything on
this drive so make sure you have anything important backed up,
Whether or not Vista will see your RAID array is hard to tell from your
description. You will probably have to install the RAID driver
Vista install. Make sure you have the appropriate Vista driver (32 bit or 64
bit) on a floppy, CD, or USB drive before you start. On the screen where you
tell Vista which drive/partition to install on load the driver before you
specify which drive/partition to install on.
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User
"Ron O'Brien" <castcall@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I am about to install Vista Home Premium on my PC which has a 160g PATA
>hard drive as the C:/ drive (which I want to continue to be the C: drive
>with Windows on). It also has two 30g SATA drives with RAID 1 configuration
> I am told that if I wipe my C drive when I go to install Vista, Vista will
> try to install on the SATA drives and may not let me install on th PATA
> (current C) drive. - is that true?
> Also, I am told that Vista will not recognise the RAID1 set up on my SATA
> drives - so how will I get Vista to access the data on that drive?
> Any help appreciated