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XPS8100 RAID and Non-RAID

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Hi

I have a Dell XPS8100 which currently has two 1TB HDDs configured in RAID 0 (stripe). Now, I had a failed boot recently and all the drives check out fine, but it has worried me. So, I'm looking to move to a safer config - RAID 1.

Since I will be changing the config, I decided to get an SSD as the system boot disk and get the system moving a little quicker. So two questions come to mind:

  1. Can I easily configure a single SSD as the boot drive (HDD) and still configure the remaining two 1TB HDDs as a mirrored pair for my data? I don't see this option in the spec sheets etc.
  2. If option 1 above fails, can I easily clone my current disks so I can quickly re-configure the drives in mirror (then restore the image)? I tried G4U and it simply doesn't see the RAID array. I've tried a windows backup - that failed too (Windows 7 doesn't give any failure reasons!).

Help and advice would be really appreciated. I don't want to spend a whole weekend pulling my hair out.

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Re: XPS8100 RAID and Non-RAID

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Hi tinkerer-messer,

I have tried to answer your questions below:

  1. You cannot have a SSD with the operating system and 2 other hard drives in RAID 1 array. When in RAID 1 configuration, 2 hard drives combine to appear as 1 single drive and the data is mirrored on both the drives. The operating system should be installed on the array drives.
  2. You can copy all the data onto an external hard drive. Then reinstall the Windows and create a RAID 1 array. Then restore the data on the system.

For information on building a RAID volume, please check the link below:

http://dell.to/JjadMR

Or watch the video on the following link:

http://dell.to/T1p3vV

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further assistance. I will be happy to help.

Thanks and regards,
GauravS
#iworkfordell

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Re: XPS8100 RAID and Non-RAID

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Hi tinkerer-messer,

I have tried to answer your questions below:

  1. You cannot have a SSD with the operating system and 2 other hard drives in RAID 1 array. When in RAID 1 configuration, 2 hard drives combine to appear as 1 single drive and the data is mirrored on both the drives. The operating system should be installed on the array drives.
  2. You can copy all the data onto an external hard drive. Then reinstall the Windows and create a RAID 1 array. Then restore the data on the system.

For information on building a RAID volume, please check the link below:

http://dell.to/JjadMR

Or watch the video on the following link:

http://dell.to/T1p3vV

Hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further assistance. I will be happy to help.

Thanks and regards,
GauravS
#iworkfordell

Re: XPS8100 RAID and Non-RAID

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Thanks Gaurav, I suspected the SSD option wouldn't be supported - but it was worth a shot.

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Re: XPS8100 RAID and Non-RAID

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The biggest benefit of the SSD drive is its longer life than a standard hard drive. However, with RAID 1 configuration, you would always have a backup of the data. In case one of the array drives fails, a conventional hard drive is considerably cheaper than a SSD.

Let me know if you need further assistance. I will be glad to help.

Thanks and regards,
GauravS
#iworkfordell

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