Now deleting the array isn't a problem, I can do that, but I have an another array handled on the same software on the motherboard and then another array on different hardware but still controlled by the motherboard. If I re-install Windows do I need to setup the raid first during installation? I remember in XP that you use to have to install Raid drivers first but I can't remember if that was just for the drives the OS was going on. I have a fair amount of important stuff on the drives which at present I can't backup to a secondary source as I don't have the facility and an online backup would take years (think TB in the double figures).
If I did a straight forward install without installing the raid drivers would I compromise the array's through the OS? They are handled by the motherboard so I'm thinking no, but some clarification is most definitely needed! I don't fancy windows telling me I need to initialize the drives or something post install!