XPS Gen 5 and Raid 0

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XPS Gen 5 and Raid 0

  • Hi folks, I am eagerly awaiting my new Gen 5 system.  I plan on reformatting the system so I only have what I want on there.  It is being built with a Raid 0 config (2 x 160 GB).  I ordered the system without a floppy drive in the case (I have one available however).  When XP formats the drive and re-installs itself how does one setup the Raid 0 array without a floppy?  Is this even possible on the XPS.  It would be nice if I didn't have to open it up and plug in a floppy.  I'm just used to hitting F6.  Thanks.
     
    Phil.
  • You'll just need to make sure that RAID is turned on in the bios under Drives->Sata Operation.  Once that option is turned on, as the system is POST'ing (watch it cause it'll be fast).  You'll see an option for CTRL + i to enter the RAID bios.  Go to Create RAID Volume, you'll be able to select your drives in there and create your raid array.  You're still going to need the raid edition of the SATA drivers for doing the OS install using the F6 option to load 3rd party drivers.  The most painless way of doing it would be to plug in your floppy and use it.  The other possibility would be to use a usb thumb drive, but haven't done that personally and not sure how easy it would be.
  • Thanks, much appreciated.
     
    Phil.