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Solved: Delete Raid 0 array and update OS

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by KP-Post, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. KP-Post

    KP-Post Thread Starter

    Jan 10, 2013
    I have a Dell XPS tower Running XP media with a Raid 0 array. I am getting an error message that one of the disks in the array has an error. The computer is still working, but some things seem a little quirky. I would like to delete the Raid 0 array, and upgrade to a new OS (Win 7 or Win 8). Note that all of my data is backed up to an external HD.

    1) Should I buy a new HD and install the new OS on the new HD, or can I disable the Raid 0 array on the existing drives, test the drives, and install the new OS on the good drive?
    2) Assuming I use one of the options listed in Question 1, are there any specific steps I should follow?
    3) Regarding the OS, any recommendations on Win 7 vs Win 8? I am familar with Win 7, but many places no longer sell Win 7.

    Thanks for your help.


    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3070 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800, 256 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305125 MB, Free - 131415 MB; J: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 760150 MB; Z: Total - 152585 MB, Free - 7251 MB;
    Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0GC068
    Antivirus: Norton 360, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    Might as well disable the RAID in the BIOS, test each drive, and use those. The BIOS will have an option to set the SATA controller mode from RAID to AHCI( or to IDE/Legacy mode if using a non-Dell Windows XP disc).

    I don't think I would bother with Windows 8 on such an old computer, Windows 7 won't even work that well on it considering it's only a single core Pentium 4. XP is best suited for that system.
  3. prunejuice


    Apr 2, 2002

    ...with Service Pack 3, may I add.
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