Re: How to activate Raid 1
Blurp is correct. If you are setting up a raid array up you need to restore after building the logical drives. It's like starting out with a new hard drive.
The raid capability of the Dell Dimension 8400 PCs can be set from the Bios utility. When you boot it look in the upper right of the screen (it's real quick) for F2/F12 and select F2 to get to the Bios utility. Raid is one of the menuitems. There are several chioces.
My system has 4 SATA ports. The setting I chose (can't remember which one) has four physical drives, all 160Gb. So that's the values I will work with here.
In my setting there are two logical drives available total. Each one is 160Gb and has a mirror. Raid stops the system if it encounters errors to a physical drive. You remove and replace it and in about five minutes the mirror is restored and it's as if nothing failed. I've only had one drive fail, and didn't lose anything.
Some of the other seetings will let you combine all four for one logical drive at 640Gb, or have the same setup as mine but just one logical drive for 320Gb. I like the way mine is set up because I like to keep all my download stuff on a separate logical drive just for sorting purposes.
BTW, all Dell manuals are available in PDF on Dell's website.
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