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Are my dual hdd's in a RAID array if partitioned for a C and D drive

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September 26, 2012 10:04:31 PM

I configured my Dell Studio 1747 W7 to be partitioned for a C and D drive. My mb has failed and I'm fairly sure from diagnostics that the dual hdd's are ok. Do I still need to worry that the two drives might be in a RAID array from a factory default or did I truly segregate the two drives when I partitioned while loading W7?

I have a dual external 2.5 SATA case on the way to test the hdds with a separate pc but I don't know enough about how the drives get configured as an array without specifically doing it.
a c 76 G Storage
September 26, 2012 11:13:14 PM

If you partitioned a single drive, then they were in RAID; otherwise you'd have dedicated one hard disk to C and one to D.
September 27, 2012 12:08:41 AM

Thanks for the reply. It was configured through the Windows 7 set up and didn't indicate single or dual drives or a selection of a particular RAID 0-5 choice. Never paid much attention to it until this failure.
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a c 76 G Storage
September 27, 2012 2:52:22 AM

I presume the second hard disk is an option? If you replace the motherboard, then you probably don't have to worry about the hard disks configuration.
a b G Storage
September 27, 2012 3:17:55 AM

Generally, Windows does not configure multiple hard drives in a RAID configuration by default. You have to set that up manually and you would remember doing it because it is a bit complicated. Besides, the fact that you have a C drive and a D drive suggest that each drive was partitioned separately.
September 27, 2012 3:21:02 AM

It was loaded up with extra capacity but never just messed with nor were aware of RAID settings. I'll assume any drive partition is in some form of RAID level unless you specifically choose the hdds to be separate. I'm more concerned about getting data off before I go new mb by connecting them externally with a RAID assessment and reconstruct tool. I was hoping to avoid that.
September 27, 2012 3:26:35 AM

Thanks JKat, that is my hope. If that's the case, it will be a happy day if the drives aren't damaged. I' ll let you know for sure when the external sata device gets here.
a c 76 G Storage
September 27, 2012 11:42:05 AM

If the PC came pre-configured with 2 hard disks, then the RAID should already have been configured.
September 30, 2012 6:12:08 PM

Ok then, back to the original question, how would Dell set up a RAID configuration as a default with the two drives? I can't find anything out there on support sites/forums or 3rd party like this one.
a c 76 G Storage
September 30, 2012 6:59:05 PM

They simply configure it in the BIOS, but I haven't found anything about such an option. Do you have a laptop or a desktop?
September 30, 2012 11:50:47 PM

Lapto. The user manual discusses setting up the various RAID configurations in bios but mentions notthing about any factory initial settings.
a c 76 G Storage
October 1, 2012 12:21:23 AM

If you have 2 hard disks and you partitioned a single disk into C: and D:, then it had to be in RAID.
October 1, 2012 1:54:20 AM

I did not partition a single disk. I just partitioned the "system" to a c drive and a d drive when I went to Windows 7. I wasn't even aware of RAID at that point which is why I was asking. I'll manually hook the drives up tomorrow in any case.
a c 76 G Storage
October 1, 2012 1:53:56 PM

If you saw a single drive at installation time, but 2 hard disks were installed, then they most likely had to be in RAID. Otherwise you would have seen 2 drives and be given the option to select the one you wanted to use for the installation, etc.
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