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I have a Dell XPS, 8GB RAM, 1.5TB HDD, running Win7Pro Sp1.

It has two Hard Drives and is configured for RAID according to System Settings (F2).

HOW DO I DETERMINE IF RAID IS RAID0 OR RAID1?

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When the computer starts up, do you see any options to enter Raid Setup or similar?

What model Dell XPS do you have?
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does it have a raid controller? if so boot into that and check the RAID type. There are 2 types. Software and Hardware
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After booting that machine how much size you can see in the my computer ?

can you share screen shot for disk management ?


click on start ==> go to run == diskmgmt.msc
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or go to  command prompt and type in below command

diskpart

list volume

which should display your volume with RAID type
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Answers to questions:
Snipp: When the computer starts up, do you see any options to enter Raid Setup or similar?
Answer: No
What model Dell XPS do you have? Answer XPS8300

cwstat2: does it have a raid controller? if so boot into that and check the RAID type. There are 2 types. Software and Hardware.  Answer:  Cant tell

Haresh Nikumbh: After booting that machine how much size you can see in the my computer ?  Answer: 1.4TB
can you share screen shot for disk management ?
click on start ==> go to run == diskmgmt.msc   Answer: I get the Disk Management screen which does not give any clue.
or go to  command prompt and type in below command
diskpart
list volume
which should display your volume with RAID. type Answer:  I tried this and I would like to post the response.  IS THERE A WAY TO DUMP THE COMMAND SCREEN INTO A TXT DOCUMENT?
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Right click on Command prompt result

select all and then right click .. result will be copied on the clipboard and then just paste that result here
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or just press print screen button and open Mspaint or wordpad and paste it
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Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601
Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: I5-DEV1

DISKPART> LIST VOLUME

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     D                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1         RECOVERY     NTFS   Partition     13 GB  Healthy    System
  Volume 2     C                NTFS   Partition   1383 GB  Healthy    Boot
  Volume 3     E   New Volume   NTFS   Partition   1863 GB  Healthy
  Volume 4     T                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 5     Q                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 6     J                       Removable       0 B  No Media
  Volume 7     I                       Removable       0 B  No Media

DISKPART>
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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okay now please share list disk result

Diskpart

list disk
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seeing this result i believe it has 1.5TB single disk.

DELL XPS 8300 Support RAID1 and RAID 0, so if it has only 1 disk then you need to add another disk and configure RAID.
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Actually there are two hard disk drives.  I opened the system and saw them.

Disk E is actually a USB connected drive.  I know this because when I unplug the USB connection Disk E disappears from the My Computer screen.

I found another way and determined that my system uses RAID0.  Here's how:

Upon Rebooting a get an option to do <Ctrl-I> to go to system configuration.
This showed me I have RAID0.

Also when I looked at the two hard disks they have a capacity of 750GB each.

Drive C: shows 1.49TB

Thanks for everyone's help.
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Wich tool did you run after launching system configuration?

I'm a bit confused because the usb drive you have should show up as a usb device not part of a raid configuration.
I've never heard of a usb connection inside a computer on the board. This is where i'm confused.

Are you sure it's not a sata cable?
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joinaunion:  Which tool did you run after launching system configuration?
Answer:  None.  I don't know what to run.

joinaunion:  .....the usb drive you have should show up as a usb device....
Answer:  Trust me... I'm confused too!!  The cable is definitely USB.  My computer does not have eSATA nor does the external drive.

I think the "brute force" method I used is definitive:  C: has 1.4TB, each disk has 750GM, that points to RAID0. UGH!
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The question is closed.

Thanks for everyone's efforts.
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