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Topic # 56859 26-Jan-2010 19:32
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hi guys i just installed RAID 0 on my PC today.
im just wondering is there a way to speed up my boot time, it is now slower due to raid drivers loading at startup (and something saying push ctrl+f)
the raid array owns up during everyday use, but it fails bad on the boot up.
anyone know of any tweaks i can do to increase my boot time?
i have done all the msconfig tweaks and removed all startup programmes except MSE
anything else i can try specifically for raid?
thanks guys




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  Reply # 293198 26-Jan-2010 21:12
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I think the screen you are talking about is the "low level" config menu of the RAID card, Depending on your card it will show up each and every time you boot (it does on mine, although others may be able to disable or speed this up) It allows you to create the RAID etc.

I'm sure you are aware of this but for those who aren't RAID 0 gives great speed, but if one of your drives fails you will lose your data (make sure you have a backup)



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  Reply # 293257 27-Jan-2010 05:25
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i had a backup when i was running a single drive, sadly this didnt restore to a raid because windows cannot recognise the backup anymore...so i have lost everything lol.
ill definately backup once i get some files...

stupid windows >.<




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  Reply # 293272 27-Jan-2010 08:04
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Interesting, by any chance was it a windows backup that you are having issues with? (extension .bkf)

If it is, then it is a matter of getting your windows install back to the right service pack level and trying it again. I have had trouble in the past with windows backup (NT Backup) so now just run if off the windows installer CD, this ensures that the version used to create the file is the same as the version used to restore it.



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  Reply # 293275 27-Jan-2010 08:17
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would a more reliable backup be a copy of prgram files and all the installation wizards?
and just add a system image>?

i find windows backup is s..t because the file is renderred useless if you change a thing

thnaks for ur help man




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  Reply # 293276 27-Jan-2010 08:26
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My preferred backup option is to do an image of the disk (with shadowprotect) It is by far the easiest to restore your whole system if anything happens. Taking a copy of Program Files and Documents is fine for a backup, but if you need to reinstall windows you will also need to reinstall your programs.

Windows backup allows you to backup the System State which contains all the registry information about your programs so you can restore your system back like an image (although it will require more work to get windows operational again)

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  Reply # 293279 27-Jan-2010 08:46
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There is nothing you can do to bypass the RAID boot menu - it's just a normal part of the process. You're really only looking at a few seconds, I wouldn't have thought it was a big deal.

Restoring a system to a different drive setup always has some risks, particularly if you're trying to restore to a RAID configuration or SATA ACHI from a standard IDE or SATA system using IDE emulation as the OS requires different drivers.

I use and recommend Acronis True Image for all backups, it's a great product.

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