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Dell PowerEdge 2300 RAID controller - Win XP issue

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Good Morning!  I have a Dell 2300 PowerEdge server that had both a drive and RAID controller go out.  I have a couple of problems that I need help with, and I hope this is the right category in which to ask for help.  I purchased a refurbished raid controller to replace the defective part (I suspect the batteries died on the failed controller); the controller is a PERC2 p/n 1631T.  I think this is of American Megatrends manufacture.  After having replaced the controller and having removed the failed drive (apparently I had two logical drives, the first a raid level 1 with two scsi drives 4.8 gig which contained the operating system and a second raid level 5 that contained the data that I need to retrieve.  This second logical drive is on 3 9.6 gig scsi drives).  After having installed the RAID controller and upon bootup, the system indicated that I had an NVRAM/drive mismatch and promptly took me to the BIOS configuration software.  I selected the "Easy Configure" option, as I was concerned that any other option might destroy my data.  This did not seem to rectify the mismatch issue.  I reentered the BIOS software and selected the view option and manual configuration.  I'm not sure I remember correctly, however, I selected the configure from drives first.  My system will boot up into the Windows XP I have as my OS, but the OS does not recognize my 2nd, larger logical drive.  And the server is beeping incessently!  (I suspect this is because of the failed drive.)  I have downloaded Dell's Open Array Manager, but the software won't load on XP.  Does anyone have any idea as to how I can get the OS to recognize and assign my other drive and to stop the infernal beeping!?   Thank-you!
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