Thank you so very much Louis, you are awesome.
Yes, I have a Promise controller card and two drives and Fastbuild does appear to be the name given to the BIOS. I do not know exactly what the controller card does other than it is used to setup the RAID. I am glad to hear that I can use it without a RAID configuration as I would not know how to get rid of it and I really do want to get rid of the RAID configuration.
As for getting rid of the RAID configuration in BIOS, I assume that to do that, I can just highlight the array in the BIOS and press enter and that will give me the option of deleting it. It is probably more complicated than that though, but is that how you are thinking it will work?
Yes, I am prepared to lose everything I have on these hard drives and I have a brand new Windows XP Home Edition full version disk to install the op system with and I have backups of all the programs that I use. Even though I am prepared to lose everything, I am thinking that maybe the smart way to do this would be to separate the drives first, which will make the second one independent of the main drive and accessible, and then reformat the main drive. That way, if after reformatting, it turns out that there are some drivers or something that I need, I will still have all of the things that were installed on the system, on that second drive. If it turns out I don't need anything that I had before, I can just delete everything off of that second drive and have an empty drive to use for doing manual backups to, or whatever. Does that way sound to you like the best way to do it?
I really want to get rid of the mirroring and be able to use that second drive, even though I am sure I will never fill up even the one drive. I like the security of knowing that everything I have that I might need is on a second hard drive, but, I like to be in control of what goes on that second drive and I am not when it is mirrored, and I also want to be able to access it. I also do external backups but it is really convenient to already have everything I want on a hard drive. I did that with my previous computers and it made it really easy to put everything on the new computers. I did not have an operating system on the back up drive (I might put it on this one though) but I had everything else so I just had the backup drive put into the new computer and copied all my music and such over to the main drive. Turned out it was really the only logical way to do it and I would like to be able to do that in the future. The drive that I did that with before is now full, so having the mirrored drive accessible to use that way, instead of the older drive that I have been using to do that, will help me out a lot.
I would really appreciate your thought on what I am planning to do and I appreciate, so very much, all of your help with this. Like I said before, you are awesome. Thank you