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Switching RAID 0 to RAID 1 on brand new Dell Precision Tower 3620

Q: Switching RAID 0 to RAID 1 on brand new Dell Precision Tower 3620

I ordered a 3620 with 2 hard drives configured for RAID 0. It has already shipped. I realize now that I made a mistake and should have ordered the RAID 1 configuration. I realize this will reduce my total drive capacity.
Also, I'm planning on adding a 3rd HDD that I do not wanted to be included in the RAID. Any help on switching RAID levels and adding the 3rd drive would be appreciated. I'm expecting the machine to arrive tomorrow.

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Regarding this PDF:

It says:"NOTE: SATA is configured to support RAID mode. No SATA operation support in Tower 7910."
Is there a typo there?
Should it say that there is no SATA RAID support, (only SAS RAID)?

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We have a Dell Precision Tower 3620 and have purchased a firepro W7000 to install. only problem is the 6 Pin connector provided by dell has a different pin arrangement. the middle top pin as you look at the plug is square instead of the usual rounded corner pin so will not go into the socket.
Anyone know why this would be?

A:Dell Precision Tower 3620 GPU 6 PIN

The only video cards validated in the Precision T3620 did not need the power supply lead. So this may be why the 290w PSU is lacking the correct cable? Perhaps another Precision T3620 can open their case and also check the PSU cabling.

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I have a Dell Precision Tower 3620 that was purchased May 2016. I'm looking to use the Thunderbolt capability but can't find the addin card that I'm supposed to use. This unit was advertised as having Thunderbolt capability but I can't seam to find how to take advantage of it.

A:Dell Precision Tower 3620 Thunderbolt

It looks like its an add-on card that you purchased with your build.  If you didn't select it at time of purchase, then it didn't come with it.  You can always buy a PCIe add on card yourself and throw it in the computer.

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Last night i was updating the bios on this 3620 and it froze at 100%, after 30 minutes or so i forced to reboot.
Now always as an Amber light blinking when i connect the power cable and only the fan starts to spin for a few seconds and turn off in a loop.
I already try CMOS reset - nothing
Jumper in service mode - nothing
Is there any way to flash a bios from an USB drive. I've been reading a lot of foruns and all talk of some switch /writeromfile but doesn't work on this dell bios setup.
Does any one have an idea for me to try?

Thank you very much

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My 3620's current PSU is 290W. I have a hard time finding any other power supply to upgrade. Can somebody provide a list of PSUs compatible with 3620?

A:Dell Precision Workstation 3620 Medium Tower PSU upgrade

There is a 365W power supply for this model - note though that these are not standard power supplies, so aftermarket units won't work.

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I have a dell precision tower 3620 motherboard and i would like to put a graphics card in it. As i currently understand it i would need to upgrade the power supple to power a new card. I am currently looking a the Corsair CX500 with a Dell OptiPlex 9020 PSU Main Power 24-Pin to 8-Pin Adapter to allow it to interface with the mother board. Has anyone used this adapter cable with this motherboard?

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I have a Dell Precision 390 with a single disk on SATA0.
Could I add a pair of Raid 0 (stripped) drives on SATA2 and SATA3?
Well I have a pair of disks from a dead pc which I'd like to recover data from. They are configured as a Raid 0 pair.
I doubt this configuration would work, but I just thought I'd ask!

A:Dell Precision 390 desktop mixed raid and non raid?

I posted this nearly 4 years ago and 7000 people looked at it. No one had an answer...

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I have a new lab of 32 Precision Towers, they are running Windows 10 1703 education and have the Quadro P2000 graphics card installed. Connecting to a Dell P2417H monitor.
The problem I am having is that most of the systems will not wake up from sleep they have to be turned on and off to power on. Some of the systems that do wake up do so with a fuzzy screen. 
This has happened straight out of the box and after I have built a new Education Windows 1703 image. All device drivers have been updated to the latest version. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

A:Precision Tower 3620

Hi kevibarr,Thanks for posting.Apologies that your systems are not working the way you need them to.  Since you are an Educational customer, you have a Technical Account Manager assigned to you.  They will know aIl about your order and warranty and what services are available to you.  Your IT department will have that information or your schools financial department.  Your TAM is your contact point with Dell and should be able to resolve this issue for you.  The Community Forum is mainly comprised of Consumer customers who are helping other customers.  

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I just bought a Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 drive for my Precision Tower 3620.  The manual says "Slide the PCIe SSD card into the slot and tighten the screw to secure it."  Unfortunately, there was no screw on the system board.  Does anyone know what screw I need and why Dell didn't include one in the first place?

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Hello all,
I have a Precision 3620 system, with a 2x1Tb RAID-1 drive. This is also the boot drive. From the owner's manual it is clear that this system also has a M.2 slot. Since the system clearly needs a performance boost in read/write performance, I was thinking of installing some sort of M.2 SSD, and move the boot environment to the SSD, using some software like perhaps Macrium. I'd be grateful if you could answer any of the following questions.
1) Does this system (with the latest firmware) support NVMe M.2 SSDs? Are M.2 / NVMe Samsung EVOs 256Gb supported? When searching for motherboards (at least recently) one can find storage compatibility guidelines. I've not been able to find anything here, so any help will be appreciated. I have read this but it was laptop oriented...
2) Is it feasible to transfer (using Macrium/Acronis) the working system (which currently is less than 60Gb) from the RAID to the M.2 SSD and boot from there, by configuring UEFI appropriately? If so, how?
3) Is warranty made void, by installing a third-party M.2 SSD?
Thanks in advance for your time!

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My organization burns a lot of CDs and DVDs. We've seen more burning errors on the new Precision Tower 3620s (Windows 10 1703) than the mostly-OptiPlex 7010s that were in place with Windows 7 previously.
I haven't been able to monitor exactly when the errors are occurring, but I know it's on both CDs and DVDs. We use CDBurnerXP as an organization instead of Power2Go which comes with the Precision.
Just wanted to put this out there in case anyone else is experiencing the same thing. I believe most of the disc drives are model GHB0N (DVD+-RW).
J. J.

A:Anyone else getting burning errors on Precision Tower 3620?

A free cd burning program should not be used in a business setting especially one that contains adware and one that was initially for windows XP. Try Power 2 go on a test machine to burn dvds and see if that makes a difference.
Windows 10 does not burn video dvds on its own. You need a 3rd party program to burn any video files to dvd. That might be part of the problem you are having. The free software might depend on windows for some features that are in Win 7 and previous versions but have been left out of win 10 and 8. Older versions of cdburnerXP should not be used with windows 10. There is a win 10 version available if you want to risk it and have not updated the program--
From the software reviews for cdburnerxp--
contains adware - do not install on any PC with sensitive info or usage...

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I've got two identical WD VelociRaptor 1TB Drives.
One has been setup as a storage drive for a long time, and I'm finally getting around to setting the other one up as a RAID 1 mirror.
Both were bought at exactly the same time.
I see this website, showing how to perform the feat on a PowerEdge Server: [https://markmcb.com/2015/07/21/reconfigure-dell-perc-h310-raid-0-to-raid-1/]But pressing F10 on my system does nothing at all.
Is something like this possible on a Precision T5600? Or is this just a server capability?

A:Precision T5600 w/ PERC H310 - Adding a drive and going from RAID 0 to RAID 1

F10 is not for Desktops.How to set up Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller H310 cards on a Precision workstationDell PowerEdge RAID Controller (PERC) storage controller cards H310, H710, H710P, or H810 on Dell Precision workstations T1600, T3600, T5600, or T7600. For more specific information on the controller card or workstation, refer to that product’s user guide.To install the PERC    Turn off your workstation and all attached peripheral devices.    Disconnect your workstation from the electrical outlet and remove the workstation cover.    Insert the PERC into the SLOT1 (preferred) or SLOT4 expansion slots.        Earlier T7600 workstation may need to use SLOT4 because the HDD data cable is not long enough to reach to SLOT1.    Connect the hard disk drive (HDD) data cable to the H310 connector labeled A SAS.    Connect the AUX_LED cable to the H310 connector labeled SAS_ACT_LED_Conn.    Install HDDs in the desired order, starting with 0 as the first HDD and note the HDD numbers.        For T7600, HDD numbers 0-3 are available with a single HDD data cable with upgrade options for 4-7.        For T5600 and T3600, HDD numbers 0-1 are available with a single HDD data cable with upgrade options for 2-3.    Replace your workstation cover.    Reconnect your w... Read more

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I've got two identical WD VelociRaptor 1TB Drives.
One has been setup as a storage drive for a long time, and I'm finally getting around to setting the other one up as a RAID 1 mirror.
Both were bought at exactly the same time.
I see this website, showing how to perform the feat on a PowerEdge Server: [https://markmcb.com/2015/07/21/reconfigure-dell-perc-h310-raid-0-to-raid-1/]
But pressing F10 on my system does nothing at all.
Is something like this possible on a Precision T5600? Or is this just a server capability?

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We bought a Precision Tower 3620 with Windows 7 Pro 64 that runs ok, now we want upgrade to Windows 10 using the DVD included in the box, but after booted from DVD the menu path is:
Chose the language -> (italian) -> Keyboard layout -> (italian)
-> Options:1) Continue (exit and continue with Windows 7)2) Problem resolution3) Turn off PC
How to proceed to install Windows 10 ?

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Hi All,
We have bought a Precision Tower 3620 with an External Graphic card.Nvidia Quadro K620 graphic card.
The Graphic card has one DVI port and one DP port while the on board card has 2xDP and one HDMI.
We have to connect two monitors to this computer . We have been able to connect the monitor to external DP port. But for some reason the DVI port is not working.

So we decided to use the on-board card but it is not working....we removed the external graphic card and set BIOS to Intel Graphic card but still it is not working (I have only tested the DP port at the moment)....

So what do you think the reason might be?

Thanks in advance for the help

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I have an end user who needs to use a Gigabyte GeForce 1070 card in a Precision 3620 MiniTower but the PSU needs to be upgraded.
Has any been able to upgrade the PSU given the Dell Motherboard has a proprietary power connector?
I have read that a Corsair CX500 will fit as the PSU but i'm not sure if there is an adapter available to power the M/B.
Alternatively - does anyone know of a video card that will match the 1070 and doesn't require the external power and will work in a 3620????
Many thanks in advance

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Is the air cooling solution on the Dell Precision Tower 3620 with the i7-7700K is robust enough to run near full load for days at a time without throttling issues? I have not been able to find any information regarding the machine temperatures under load with this processor.
Context below: 
My workplace is looking to buy a set of workstations for running sets of the single-threaded models that are a part of our workflow more quickly. The Dell Precision Tower 3620 seems reasonably priced and comes with an i7-7700K which is currently the quickest single-threaded processor out there so it looks attractive.
A consideration / worry that we have, however, is that the i7-7700K tends to run very hot and these workstations will be running at ~80% to 100% load for days at a time, as we will be running 4 simulations on each machine at the same time (one for each core). Some have recommended that for this workload we go with custom machines with liquid AIO coolers, but that would be significantly more expensive, so if the Dell workstation can handle this workload that would be ideal. 

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i recently got a LSI 9361 8i controller for my Dell T7910, with also probably some Dell Part Numbers on. After configuring everything and also enabling JBOD on this Controller, i am now facing another issue.
The Controller is constantly overheating. Which is a bit strange, because Dell is listing the controller in their standard configuration and you can also buy one with the LSI 9361. Therefore my question - is there any additional Fan Mounted to the controller, when original delivered by dell? If yes, can someone post a Photo or a specific part number?  In which pcie port is the card normally installed?
And what’s the purpose of the additional Cube on the lower memory cooling shroud?
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The computer has 2 750gb hard drives in it but I noticed it was awful slow for a dual quad core computer with win 7 64 bit and 16gb of ram so I checked in the bios and I don't really see a way to turn it completely off unless the hard drives are reformatted in some way. If someone is familiar with this problem please help. I have disconnected one drive and re-installed windows on the other for now.

A:How do I turn off raid mode on a Dell Precision T5400

You can't just take drives that have a RAID array on them and expect them to work when you turn RAID off. You'll need to re-format.

Anyway, the Dell BIOS has an option for HDD mode, it's in there.

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Hello.  I have a Dell Precision with a PERC H310 controller and two 1TB Seagate drives in RAID 1.  One of the drives has failed, and the system won't boot.  Going into the PERC BIOS, it says shows 1 drive failed, and the other says foreign config.
I tested connecting the good (foreign) drive to the motherboard's SATA, replacing the CD drive, and the system successfully boots.
I have purchased a new 1TB Seagate drive to replace the failed drive.  I want to be sure that I have the correct steps to get back to normal.
Do I need to import the configuration on the good drive?  Then if that's successful, introduce the new drive?  Will I the new drive show as foreign, and if so, do I have to import that?  How do I make sure that I mirror the drives in the right direction (good drive mirrors to the new blank drive)?
Thanks in advance.

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Hi Dell Support, 
I have a dell precision rack 7910 XCTO with Raid Card Mini PERC 9 H330. 
I am install windows 10 pro with RAID 1 configure.

may I know is that can clone the HDD  to another new HDD with RAID 1 configure? 
is Acronis or any clone software is support?


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Hello everyone:
As my post title implies I've got a Dell Precision T3500 loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center and I'm looking into the ins and outs of doing RAID on it.
You might have guessed, I'm no expert at this and am looking at building this as more of a learning exercise than anything else.
My system runs as is with no issues at all at this point, just fyi.
Does anyone know what direction I could go from here that would be productive?
After trying to install an unsupported HBA (LSIMegaraid 888elp), and having had my lunch handed to me, I sure would appreciate any insights or perhaps some proven solution that I've not been able to find up to this point.

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I'm not sure if this should go under Hardware, Antivirus or OS Windows XP.
I apologize if this is in the wrong Forum.
DELL Precision 470
Windows XP Professional SP3
BIOS only allows for boot from disk or CD drive.
No Floppy Drive
2 SATA Drives in factory default of RAID-0.
Antivirus Program:
Symantec Endpoint Protection version 11.0.5002.333
The Following are setup in Symantec Endpoint Protection:
'Antivirus and Antispyware Protection'
'Proactive Threat Protection'
'Network Threat Protection'.
Symantec Endpoint Protection gave me a pop-up warning that it found Backdoor.Tidserv.

I went to the Symantec website and found the article for Backdoor.Tidserv. The article recommended downloading from their website and using FixTDSS.exe to remove it.

The instructions for using FixTDSS.exe included a portion where it recommends to 'turn off System Restore'. I followed the instructions and turned off System Restore.

I then executed FixTDSS.exe. It almost immediately came up with a prompt to reboot.

I clicked on reboot and was shortly presented with Blue Screen of Death.
The BSOD output (I have a photo as well):
problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer


Technical Information:
STOP: 0x000000A (0x00000004,0x00000002,0x00000001,0x804FB051)
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A:Solved: DELL Precision 470 - XP SP3 - RAID-0 - BSOD - Setup did not find any hard dis

An additional effort today, I tried using a friend's Vista install CD and had the same result, it couldn't find any hard disk drives.

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Hello everyone:
As my post title implies I've got a Dell Precision T3500 loaded with Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center and I'm looking into the ins and outs of doing RAID on it.
You might have guessed, I'm no expert at this and am looking at building this as more of a learning exercise than anything else.
My system runs as is with no issues at all at this point, just fyi.
Does anyone know what direction I could go from here that would be productive?
After trying to install an unsupported HBA (LSIMegaraid 888elp), and having had my lunch handed to me, I sure would appreciate any insights or perhaps some proven solution that I've not been able to find up to this point.

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I ordered my 3620 Tower with no optical drives and one 3.5 HD.  I have two additional 3.5 HD that I need to install.  I have one of the 3.5 HD in the empty HD bay along side the existing HD.  The article below describes how to install four 2.5 HD, but it's not clear how to install my third 3.5 HD.  Any help is appreciated.

A:Four 3.5 HD in Dell 3620 Tower

Hi DenGarrett,Thanks for posting.According to page 12 of the manual  https:/?www.2beshop.com/pdf/dell/Dell-Precision-Tower-3000.pdf  four 3.5 inch drives will not physically fit in the bays, only 2, plus 2 - 2.5in.

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Ubuntu 14.04 pre-install:
Change the System BIOS -> Boot setting -> Boot mode->  from UEFI to BIOS. Save and exit.
Ubuntu 16.04.x support UEFI and did install ok. Change to BIOS if you have a problem. 

Post installation setup:
In a terminal:
1) Login to root with: (I'm a RedHat OS user)
sudo su
2) Get update list
        apt-get update
3) Install ssh server
        apt-get install openssh_server
4) Upgrade Nvidia drivers (if Nvidia graphics card is installed)
        sudo su (if not in supper user)
        add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
        apt-get update
        ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
5) Update system
        sudo su
        apt-get update
        # Download latest updates
        apt-get upgrade
        # Install updates
        apt-get dist-upgrade
6) VNC server (if needed)
        Install X11VNCServer from Ubuntu Software Center (just enter on search line)

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In what difference between Dell Precision 3620 MT Xeon E3-1225v5 and 3420 MT Xeon E3-1225v5 , except the sizes of the case and the number of internal sockets?
Components of the main board and video identical?
Our software vendor tested his software on 3420 MT but the sizes and configuration 3620 MT suit us more.
Thank you for answer and a`m sorry fo my bad english.

A:Difference between Dell Precision 3620 MT and 3420 MT

Hi VovikP,Thanks for posting.There's not much difference besides the size.  http://dell.to/2vgmRey

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I have a Dell Precision 3620 with 2 dvi port (without VGA port), and when I connect two monitors in their ports, just one of them is displayed and the other is not detected. I tried to change the dvi cables between ports, the same problem, just one of them is detected.

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Hello, we currently have a Dell Precision T3620 with the only 290W power supply in it. We are looking to upgrade the video card to the NVidia Quadro P4000 or P5000. We realize we need a larger power supply for this.
Does anyone else have this same setup of Workstation and video card? If so, what power supply did you find that was compatible?

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I need a confirmation .
The new Dell precision 3620 V2 comme with a 6pin video adapter ?

I need to install a PNY GTX 1060

Just need to know if i still need a 8pin to 6pin adapter.


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First time posting :blush:,

Situation: I have two hard drives : main drive: Seagate 500GB w/ windows xp and second drive: WD 1TB blank.

Without backing up the main drive (ops...), i went ahead and enabled RAID 0 on both drives and created a RAID volume (128KB strip / Size: 1TB (931.5GB)).
NOTE: the RAID volume size is only showing the exact space of the 1TB, excluding the 500GB drive.
After realizing that I needed to create a backup image of my main drive to use RAID with an existing drive, I'm left with the "Operating System Not Found" message.

Question: If I Delete RAID Volume (which is based on the size from the blank 1TB drive), will both drives become available as non-RAID disks and keep the original data on the 500GB main drive and be able to run windows again?

I'm using software RAID through Intel Matrix Storage Manager option ROM v5.6.2

I understood that "Resetting the drives to Non-Raid" will cause all data on the disk to be lost, so this isn't the approach that I'll be taking til I find a solution to backup my data.
However, from reading the "Delete RAID Volume" option, it listed Deleting a volume will destroy the volume data on the drive(s) and cause any member disks to become available as non-RAID disks, so knowing that the RAID Volume is blank, then maybe trying this will be the answer.

When using the Microsoft Recovery Console in (RAID mode attached w/ both drives) logically there isn't ... Read more

A:RAID issue - deleting RAID volume to restore non-RAID disks

sadly, there's no way to do what you want without an existing backup.

Look at it this way;
A disk has a container ~ the partition.
The partition as a structure ~ the filesystem (eg NTFS, FAT32, RAID).
We put our data into the structure.

When we create backups, we are getting only the data itself (unless you use an image program like Ghost or Acronis where you get all three).

Deleting the RAID will give back the two independent HDs, but also breaks the structure so that the data becomes in accessible.

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Okay so I have a Dell XPS 8300. I have an SSD with windows on it and then 1 TB of Seagate HDDs as "slaves". The slave is (was) a RAID 0 setup. One of the HDDs was making a high pitch sound so I disable RAID using ctrl i and figured out which one. So, the problem is, now that I know which HDD it is, I reconnected the other good HDD so I could still have a 500 gb slave, but windows will not recognize the HDD. The BIOS does, but Windows does not. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Switching HDD from RAID to NON RAID

RAID 0 writes in stripes across the drives so if you remove 1, the volume is broken. You would have to make a copy of the contents of the "slaves" then either copy that to the single HDD or add another, set up the RAID and restore the backup.

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I'm hoping someone here can help. I'm very new to Raid, so you'll have to excuse my ignorance here. I'm using an HP pavilion p6210Y with 2x 2TB, WD Caviar Green's trying to set up a raid 1 array. I've reached the Nvidia raid array setup utility, and it appears I have successfully loaded the raid drivers.
After doing this, I inserted my Windows 7 x64 home premium install disc, and it sat on "Detecting storage devices...". After a few minutes of this, I was presented with an Error stating "No disks reserved for raid use, raid disabled." Then shortly after, switches to a message stating: "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key."
I'm now unable to reach the Nvidia Raid setup, and unable to load the windows disc.

I'm certain the CD drive is good, as it works fine in another computer.
Mediashield ROM BIOS RPT
Copyright (C) 2009 NVIDIA Corp.
If someone would know what to do from here, please share your knowledge.

A:no disks reserved for raid use Raid disabled - Raid 1

Do you have Windows on the drive now? How did you load the drivers? Drivers won't function without an operating system, so I'm a little confused about exactly what you did.

How did you run the setup utility? Does your machine support hardware RAID or are you using software RAID? Are there RAID settings in BIOS?

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I'm looking at purchasing a new ThinkCentre M710 Tower, with two 500 GB HDDs. Is it possible to configure these two HDDs in RAID1 using Intel's RST?  I can't find any reference to Intel RAID support in the documentation. Thanks! 

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I received this unit and installed two 480gb SSD at 6gbs drives as my D (Data) drive.  I then added a 256 SSD at 6gbs for my C drive.  I set the two 480 drives to stripe raid with built in Raid controller on motherboard.  For some reason its not as fast as I thought it would be..  I ran Crystal Disk Mark and attached the pics below.  I use the PC to Convert Large Doc files to PDF.  I have all the docs and PDF files on the D drive. Any idea why this is not as fast as it should be?  

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Here is the deal ... I have an intel entry level server moboard SE7210TP-1E and one of the usb onboard connectors is not working ... now this would not be a problem b/c i have more than enough USB ports, but the people around here are conserned that if a usb controler is not working on the motherboard then what else may be wrong with it.

While gettint the proper rma information from intel I had forgotton that i have a raid array ... now i know that the raid information is stored on the raid controler and it also brought up an interesting question ... will/can the raid array be reconized by the new (presumablly identical) raid card or will it be lost ... which leads me to wonder what would happen if the raid card dies instead of a harddrive?

Thanks in advance,

A:Switching raid controllers

Some RAID controllers save the array setup on the array and can reload it from there, but I couldn't guarantee that your board's does. USB ports dying is not uncommon, it does not signify the imminent death of the rest of the board, the ports are just a bit fragile.

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I have a raid on my system drive and the raid controller is built into the motherboard.

I'm considering getting a new motherboard and want to know what I have to do to make the transition? Does simply installing the new raid drivers into the existing OS prior to transfer do the trick? How do I prepare my existing opperating system for the transfer.

A:Help - Switching raid controllers

Yes transferring the drivers prior to switching systems would be the best thing to do. Also make sure the Chipset drivers are preinstalled Everything else you can do after the switch.

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In my good old Precision M4700 I have:

Internal HDD (hybrid) SATA 1TB - 3 partitions, the first being the system partition.
Internal mSata SSD (Samsung Evo 500 GB) , used for data (not system)

By default the system is configured for "RAID On" in the BIOS, Intel RST reports no issue (there is NO RAID configured), but Samsung Magician "complains" that AHCI mode is "Deactivated (IDE or RAID)" and hence, the performance of the mSata SSD might not be optimal.So I tried switching to AHCI in the BIOS, Samsung Magician is happy, but then Intel RST does not work (the corresponding Intel service does not start and reports an error), I assume there is a fallback on default Windows AHCI drivers for the system disk.I understood from posts here and there that "RAID On" implies AHCI for compliant drives, and so I wonder why Samsung Magician reports AHCI not available when I set "RAID On" and use Intel RST ?OTOH, I'm not sure if changing to AHCI in the BIOS is a good idea (and uninstall Intel RST because it does not work in this mode), even though I don't use any RAID configuration....what are reasons for not forcing AHCI and prefer Intel RST ?

A:Precision M4700: RAID On (Intel RST) or AHCI ?

The Samsung software requires direct access to the drive - not through the Intel RAID driver.  The optimum configuration for an SSD is in AHCI mode -- not RAID/RST.

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I have enabled RAID in the BIOS, and have 2 drives connected. I do not see any options and nothing happens when I press CTRL-I during boot. I've done this many times on a PowerEdge and it prompts you to enter RAID bios during POST.
Why don't I have option to configure? I called support and they were scratching their heads too. It may be worth noting that WIndows 8 is installed and secure boot is enabled. 

A:How to configure a raid volume on Precision T1700

I know this has been a while, but which RAID controller are you using?

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OK I'm stumped. Currently using Onboard RAID1 which is just a pair of 1TB SATA drives that boots into windows 8.1. SATA BIOS mode is set to RAID.

I need want to switch the onboard SATA mode to AHCI so I can boot to SSD, instead.

I'm sure some have tried this: If you just clone the RAID partition as it sits on to the SSD, it will not boot the SSD when the SATA Bios mode is set to AHCI.

So, besides a bare-metal reinstall, how do move my Win8.1 installation on to the SSD so that when its all done the SSD will boot into windows and the SATA Bios is in AHCI mode? I'm not opposed to purchasing software like Macrium or Acronis if any of those can do the job.

It seems like anyone using onboard RAID would have run into this problem after purchasing an SSD.

A:Migrating from RAID to SSD and switching to AHCI

If you wish, you could try:
Open Admin command prompt: bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal
Restart to BIOS and set to AHCIRestart. Windows will boot into safe mode and will update the driver.Open Admin command prompt: bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safebootShutdown the PC and disconnect 1 disk.Restart to boot Windows Normally.If goes well, use Macrium Reflect Free to clone your SSD.
Hope this helps !!!

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I recently built my first PC (details below). After getting it set up I decided to look at tweaking and optimizing. I am currently looking at the following storage config:

Primary OS and App drive
Samsung 840 Series 120 GB SSD

RAID (0 or 1)
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM HDD
HGST Travelstar 1TB 2.5 7200RPM HDD

Backup Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM

I have it all installed and the SSD contains the OS (Windows 7 Ultimate) and copies of all the files I plan to keep. My question is:

Should I anticipate a problem with RAID when using two different brand HDDs? Any tips or recommendations? Any general comments?


Thank you,


CPU ********** AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard ** Asus M5A78L-M LX PLUS Micro ATX AM3+
Memory ****** Team Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage ******* Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card **** ECS GeForce GTS 450 1GB
Wireless ****** Rosewill RNX-G300LX 802.11b/g PCI
Case ********* Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower
Power Supply ** Thermaltake 650W ATX12V

A:Solved: RAID using different brand drives

I wouldn't do it. The drives likely have difference performance and one drive could be waiting on the other or even cause data corruption especially in RAID-0. Plus both drives are consumer drives that have no optimization for RAID use.

Why do you want RAID anyway?

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I have a Dell workstation with a 500-GB RAID 1 array, using Intel Matrix Manager and running XP Pro. I want to replace the two physical drives in that array with a pair of 1-GB drives. My current drives have three partitions; I'd like the new drives to have the same content in the same partitions, but to enlarge two of the partitions slightly and make the third partition at least 400 GB.

How do I go about this?

A:Switching a RAID array to larger drives

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This may well be the longest story of a failing computer you've ever seen. It started well over half a year ago and my Dell Dimension 8400 has been giving me agony ever since. Excuse me about all the detail in this; I am clueless as to what the problem is so I included everything.

My computer use to give me grief by going to the dreaded BSOD on random occasions, I was less computer literate at the time so I thought nothing of them. A few months down the line, an icon pops up (and subsequently reappeared every other hour the computer was on) saying that there is a S.M.A.R.T. event occurring on my Western Digital HD (specs not important as you will see later). I follow the icon to the Intel Storage Management system and it tells me that the HD is working fine. I carry on gaming and general time wasting paying no attention to the S.M.A.R.T. event (the blue screens were still coming thick and fast). My tolerance grew thin however and I started asking my computer-knowledgeable friends what on earth was going on - they simply said my computer was 'screwed' and I had no chance in hell.
My computer also began to make a very disturbing noise, it sounded like a loose fan case vibrating inside my computer so I simply blew into the fan vent at the right angle and intensity and the noise subsided for a few precious minutes (pardon my ignorance). What I didn't realise then (that I have now) is that the fan was part of the PSU (no spec at hand sorry).
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A:HD switching and subsequent RAID and BSOD failure

Try installing a new power supply before you give up

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Hello everyone. I was fiddling with my BIOS settings and since I heard that RAID 0 was faster than AHCI mode I tried switching my AHCI to RAID. Upon doing so my pc had a BSOD during the windows 7 startup logo. I was just curious if this is because my SSD doesn't support being ran in RAID or is it because I need to reinstall my OS after switching to RAID? Thanks everyone

A:Switching from AHCI to RAID issue need advice

mrjgriffin said:

Hello everyone. I was fiddling with my BIOS settings and since I heard that RAID 0 was faster than AHCI mode I tried switching my AHCI to RAID. Upon doing so my pc had a BSOD during the windows 7 startup logo. I was just curious if this is because my SSD doesn't support being ran in RAID or is it because I need to reinstall my OS after switching to RAID? Thanks everyone Click to expand...

Bad choice. RAID requires its own format and thus the BSOD. You will be luck if reversing the action will correct it AND still have data on it.

btw: Even Microsoft says never use Raid-x for the boo drive :sigh:

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While dealing with another issue, I've been told that I should switch my SATA mode from RAID to AHCI. I do not have a RAID array and don't plan to. However, I've been told that I would need drivers for this, and I'm not sure if my Windows installation has them or not. I don't want to switch modes only to boot Windows and have it corrupted or god-knows-what. So could someone tell me if it's possible to just switch? Or should I check for drivers first?

A:Switching SATA Mode from RAID to AHCI

First of all, is it really currently set to RAID mode in the BIOS?

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