Reinstalling OS on DELL Dimension 3100/E310 DataSafe w/ RAID configuration
Posted on 2011-03-06
Hi everyone, I'm trying to format a computer and reinstall the OS on a new DELL Dimension 3000 w/ Datasafe's RAID 1 configuration w/ two standard SATA drives. My problem is that when I try to reinstall the OS by booting to the OS CD. I get "Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer" error from the Windows Setup. I do not know which raid controller this system uses. I did download Intel Matrix Storage Manager (R130118) from the dell website. The contents within the R130118 directory are:
07/12/2006 04:06 PM 8,376 iaahci.cat
07/06/2006 06:47 AM 5,856 iaahci.inf
07/12/2006 04:06 PM 8,278 iastor.cat
07/06/2006 06:47 AM 5,742 iastor.inf
07/06/2006 06:59 AM 246,784 iastor.sys
07/13/2006 09:01 AM 11,321 license.txt
07/06/2006 06:58 AM 44,432 readme.txt
07/06/2006 06:47 AM 3,981 txtsetup.oem
09/28/2006 11:37 AM 410 Version.txt
I definately want raid for this system. I do have a usb floppy drive, which I used during setup successfully, but I cannot find or load the proper drive.
I boot up to windows, and press F6. The floppy contains 4 drivers to load. I select one driver, and try to get the hard drives to be seen, but it does not work. I have to reboot, let windows load, and try again with the next driver. After doing this with each individual driver, and not having the drives be recognized.. I am stuck.