Cloning Dell Optiplex RAID drive
Posted on 2011-09-06
I purchased a bunch of Dell Optiplex 980 systems with 2 identical SATA hard drives to be configured with NO RAID. When I got them, Dell had sent them with both drives installed and the A04 Bios showed that the RAID option was selected, and based on the size showing, I guess they set up RAID1. They also had preloaded the OS and software.
I wanted the second drive to be simply cloned and stored as a backup if the running drive was ever broken or corrupted - I did not want RAID, nor did I want to break the RAID and have to reinstall everything. So I simply pulled the second drive and put it aside for safe keeping.
Once the machines were fully configured for deployment, I used a SATA to USB adaptor and the Apricorn EZGig II software to do a full clone of the single internal drive to the now USB exteral drive, and the software copied the drives successfully and I again put the cloned drive away as a backup.
This past weekend, one of the systems had a hard drive failure. So I pulled the bad drive from the SATA-0 slot and put in the cloned drive and tried to restart. I got an error saying that there was no drive found (or something to that effect). Bottom line is that the cloning does not appear to have worked.
The only thing that is different from this and many other machines that I have done this on is that RAID (and I can only assume it was RAID1) has confused the issue. So the question is... How do I get the cloned drive to be seen by the machine so I can use it, or if that is not possible, how can I clone the single drive that is listed in the BIOS as RAID. I do not belive that I can remove the RAID without loosing all the data.