I recently bought a dell precision 390 and want to install a raid 1 on it with winxp pro. I have been reading this forum and google'ng for information. But am still confused. Do I need anything in addition to the sas driver from dell and then set the bios to support the raid??
To begin with I would like you to first ensure:
There must be at least two hard drives installed in the computer to set up a RAID configuration.
One of two methods may be used to configure RAID hard drive volumes. One method uses the Intel Option ROM utility, and is performed before you install the operating system onto the hard drive. The second method uses the Intel Application Accelerator, or Intel Storage Utility, and this method is performed after you have installed the operating system and the Intel Storage Utility. Both methods require that you set your computer to RAID-enabled mode before starting any of the RAID configuration procedures using the following steps:
1. Enter system setup by hitting the F2 key when you see the Dell Logo on the startup.
2. Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Drives, and then press <Enter>.
3. Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Drive Controller, and then press <Enter>.
4. Use the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight RAID On, press <Enter>, and then press <Esc>.
5. Use the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight Save/Exit, and then press <Enter> to exit system setup and resume the boot process.
You will lose any data on your hard drives when you create a RAID configuration using the following procedure. Back up data you want to keep before continuing.
1. Press <Ctrl><I> when you are prompted to enter the Intel RAID Option ROM utility.
2. Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Create RAID Volume and press <Enter>.
3. Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default and press <Enter>.
4. For RAID 1, ensure the option "RAID1 (Mirror)" is selected and press <Enter>.
5. If multiple Hard Disk Drives are available, press the up- or down-arrow keys and then the spacebar to select the two drives you want to use for your RAID configuration, and then press <Enter> to continue.
6. Insert the desired capacity for the volume and press <Enter>. The default value will be the maximum available size for this configuration.
7. Press <Enter> to create the volume.
8. Press <Y> to confirm that you want to create the RAID volume.
9. Confirm that the correct volume configuration is displayed on the main Intel RAID Option ROM utility screen.
10. Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit and press <Enter>.
14. Install the operating system.
1. Click the Start>Programs>Intel Application Accelerator>Intel Matrix Storage Manager to launch the Intel Storage Utility. ( If you do not see an Actions menu option, you have not yet set your computer to RAID-enabled mode.)
2. On the Actions menu, select Create RAID Volume to launch the Create RAID Volume Wizard.
3. Click Next at the first screen.
4. On the Configure Volume screen, in the Volume Name box type, the name of your volume, and then press <Enter> to advance to the RAID level field.
5. In the RAID Level box select the type of RAID array you wish to create RAID 0, 1, 10, or 5 and then press <Enter> to advance to the Strip Size.
6. Confirm the volume name, select RAID 1 as the RAID level, and then click Next to continue.
7. On the Select Volume Location screen, click the first hard drive you want to use to create your RAID 1 volume, and then click the right arrow. Click a second hard drive until two drives appear in the selected window, and then click Next.
8. In the Specify Volume Size window, select the appropriate volume size, and then click Next.
9. Click Finish to create the volume, or click Back to make changes.
Hope this helps. In case you need any more help please feel free to reply to this.
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