Well dell has big ones... They want to charge me $250 to tell me what I need to change in the bios to enable the intel ich10r sata to be able to do raid. The machine cost under $600...Currently the bios is set fo aich. I have 2 identical drives and have tried both ctrl+i and ctrl+r on boot.What do I need to set in the bios so I can do this ?
Do you drives enabled in the BIOS? On my XPS Studio 9100 they were set up for Auto Detect by default. On my experence with the XPS Gen 2 and XPS 410 and the XPX 9100 I just received that the CTL I will be displayed once you install a second drive in the system. I think there may be some option in the Regular BIOS to set up RAID also for the SATA drives.
Assuming your system was initally setup with RAID Driver (Pre-OS) you could migrate your system to RAID 1 using the existing drive as the source and a new drive to join the array. The Intel Matric Storage manager is used to migrate on my XPS Gen 2 and XPS 410 the program was installed. My XPS 9100 did not seem to have the Pre-OS driver installed, so I had to configure the RAID 1 in the RAID BIOS (CTL I). Doing so will cause all data to be lost on both drives.
Once you create the RAID you need to install the Pre-OS driver with Windows 7 or Vista you have an option to install more drivers shortly before you start the OS install (Booting of the OS Disk).
The Inspiron 560 BIOS does not support RAID. You either need to buy a RAID card or use software RAID if you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate.
I was thiking that too but found the following document that made it appear the RAID 0 and 1 was supported. Sort of supprised that they had support for a system that starts at abot $300.00. The document link is for a 560S so may be does not apply to a 560.
See the following link:
I did a bit more research and if you have a 560 without the S, their is not RAID support for it. The technical manual I found for the 560 and 570 had no reference to RAID.
Dell 560 only has software RAID, available in Windows 7 Ultimate (my computer runs it) and maybe available in other OS too I do not know.
Software RAID is not performance oriented :(
I use W.D WD1003FBYX RE-4 1TB drives for storage and back-up. For RAID you have to use special hard drives designed for RAID application. Software RAID is too slow for anything else. Hope it help you.