Swapping 2 RAID1 drive sets in Dell Optiplex XE2
Posted on 2016-09-08
Hi...I have a Win7 Dell Optiplex XE2 with RAID1 configuration. The initial 2 HDD (drive set 1) have bits of ransomware still present and, although the computer still functions, I want to remove the drives that came with the PC and install 2 new 1 TB drives (drive set 2). Once I get the 2 new drives functioning I will then wipe the old drives and reuse them. However, because of time constraints I will have to be able to swap the old and new drive sets several times before I get all the software loaded on the new drive set, while maintaining RAID1 configuration on both sets of drives
The problem I am facing is how do I swap the two sets of drives back and forth while having the computer recognize RAID1 on both sets of drives? From what I have read, if I go into the RAID BIOS and create a RAID1 volume on the new drive set, and then pull those drives and put the initial drive set back in, the system will no longer boot from drive set 1.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.