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Windows 7 Pro install on Dell Precision 690


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#1 BigElCat

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Posted 09 February 2015 - 06:20 PM

I recently purchased a Dell Precision 690 Work Station.  Here are the specs:

 

2 Xeon quad core CPUs running at 2.66 Mhz.

8gb of RAM, two sticks of 4 gig.

4 1TB HDDs, 7200 rpm.

Dell RAID controller card.

 

It came with Oracle Linux installed as the OS.  I purchased Windows 7 Pro (DVD) and have the new COA to go with it.

 

Do I need to initialize the hard drives prior to the install?

 

Will I need to specify which RAID configuration I want to use during the install?

 

If I add a SSD (it will accept a fifth drive) later, will I be able to put the OS on the SSD?



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:07 PM

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I would be sure to reformat all of the drives before putting them into service

The RAID configuration must be in place before you start installing the OS and programs

When you add a SSD you may have to start from scratch if you want to reconfigure things.

 

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Posted 10 February 2015 - 07:12 AM

Thanks for the reply.

 

It looks like I will need to take out the Linux partitions, and I should probably update the BIOS as well.  I guess I need a boot disk with the fdisk utility to do this.  The 690 has a floppy drive in addition to a dvd drive.

 

Should I get the utilities/boot disk on floppy?  I would need MS-DOS 5.0 or higher.  I can get version 6.0 on floppy with fdisk.  This would allow me to take out the Linux partitions.  I could update the BIOS after this, couldn't I? 






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