Replacing M/B with an existing RAID 0 array.

  Namlod 11:37 08 Mar 2011
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Motherboard replacement with RAID
My current motherboard is an ASUS M2MPV-MX running Win7 64bit Home with 4GB RAM and AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual core 5200 MHz on a BIOS RAID 0 (Stripe) array with 2 identical 250GB dives. This setup has been working without any problem since installing Win7 over a year ago. I have a basic cable Home LAN linking another Win7 Laptop and a separate Linux desktop - all working OK.
I need to setup another desktop using a WiFi connection as I cannot run a cable to its position. I have an old desktop running WinXP which is working OK on the WiFi, but it is very slow indeed.
I would like to upgrade my main desktop listed above. The cheapest solution is to purchase a new motherboard, CPU and memory, and install these in my desktop - swopping out the M2MPV board, CPU and RAM, to install these in the 'old' desktop in its new position, with a fresh install of Win7 on this.
However, I suspect that when fitting a new MB, CPU, and RAM in my original desktop, while being quite straightforward in itself, - I will discover that on first booting up, and creating a RAID 0 setup in the BIOS, I will have 'lost' my RAID array along with my data!
So, my questions are, how best to achieve no loss of data? Is there a way to create a RAID 0 array without wiping out all the data on the hard disks? Or, is there a fool-proof way of backing up my existing system - full backup of OS and data, - say a full 'image' backup, which can then be 'restored' to the newly re-formatted 2 RAID drives, after creating the array on initial backup? Should I anticipate any trouble restoring the image to the new RAID setup? Any/all advice gratefully received.

  Devil Fish 19:58 08 Mar 2011

in my opinion if you are changing the board back up all data excluding the o/s

then clean install the o/s after the board change

the reason i advocate this is to avoid conflicts with drivers that could occur unless the new board is an exact match to the old one

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