I have a Dell XPS gen 3 (yes its a dell hahah) and basically i have two 160 gig wd sata drives striped together. they use port 0 and 2
I am trying to add two additional drives i just got, 300 gigs each.
when i plug them in they register fine, after enabling the ports in bios, but they are set to non-raid and wont let me boot into windows. I have an option to hit crtl + I and create a new raid volume, bu i am afraid that i am going to loose all my data on original hd's.... I am very new to sata and raid since i owned ide hd's my whole life ... can someone please explain to me how to add these drives without causing any damage to my system.
Not sure on a dell. But one thing for sure. BACKUP WHAT YOU REALLY WANT.
Once backups are done, I would install the disks on ports 1 and 3 and go into the raid settings and set the 2 new drives to be jbod - just a bunch of disks.
Make sure it keeps ports 0 and 2 as a stripped array.
If that doesnt work then call dell and see if they can help you, that is if you can understand them.