troubleshooting Question

RAID and SATA disk

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I have a Dell 2950 server that has integrated RAID 6/i.  I am running Windows Server 2008 R2.  I have two SAS drives installed and am using them for my base OS and VM's.  I needed to add space but since it's just a DEV machine, I thought I should just go with a SATA drive (cheaper for more space).  I understand it cannot be part of the RAID, but can it be used outside the RAID as an additional data drive?   Second question is, if I disable RAID, will I lose all my data on the two drives that are already there?

I am asking these questions because I cannot get the drive to show up in Disk Management.  I also tried to add a external USB drive, and it also does not show up in Disk Management.  I am assuming that RAID is on and either cannot be added as a third drive since they are not in the RAID?  Any feedback and/or solutions would be helpful.
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