A friend of mine, who is an office manager at a Sewer Authority, ordered a Dell Optiplex about 6 months ago because of the XP support termination. One of the criteria specified was that it have the same Raid1 capabilities as the PC it was replacing. The PC was supplied by a company that also supplies one of the 2 crucial pieces of software she uses daily. They installed the Windows 7 system along with their software which is Database oriented and sent a representative to move her existing data to the new system. I was at her place yesterday for another issue and was poking around her PC and could not determine if she was running with Raid1. I looked at the Bios set-up and could see nothing that would indicate any raid capability.. There is also not any raid maintenance/status information displayed when the system bios is starting up.
So that is my basic question - Does a Dell Optiplex Mini-Tower have raid capability? And my second question is - If not, can an Add-on Raid card be installed - and here's the kicker - WITHOUT having to Reload/Reinstall the Operating system??
I looked at the Disk Management Sub-function of the Manage function of My Computer and I can see a Second Identical Hard Drive, but it appears EMPTY and it doesn't show-up as a named volume using Explorer. On my PC which is running XP and RAID1, my second hard drive does NOT show up under the Disk Management Sub-Function, nor does it show-up under Explorer. But when I start-up my bios always displays a status message as to the health of my raid system.. So I'm really suspicious as to whether this system was constructed properly. Looking for answers while I may still have options.
Edited by grenneam, 16 December 2014 - 09:46 AM.