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I have what I hope is a quick, easy question.

But not being familiar enough with RAID HD controllers, I wanted to check.

Currently I have a  Dell desktop with a RAID controller and an SSD.  The drive, for the user is nearly full, so I wanted to add another SSD.

What is the best way to add another SSD to a RAID controller so it adds to the  HD space available to the user.

I just wanted to confirm I don’t, somehow do something that combines the drives and clears the current windows install of the SSD already in place.

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Are you wanting it to add to the existing drive letter or to be a new one?

How many drives do you have installed presently?  If more than 1, what RAID configuration?
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2 drives your limited to RAID 0 or RAID 1
RAID 0 will combine both drives into 1 drive BUT if one drive fails, you lose everything
RAID 1 no increase in capacity but if one drive fails then you have a mirror to fall back onto until you rebuild the array.
My suggestion don't do raid at all.  Add the new drive as a data disk (can be a capacity drive i.e. HDD vs SSD) and go into the user's folder and for documents/music/pictures/downloads/videos right click on the folder and change the location to the DATA drive
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What RAID controller is it? Dell don't normally sell desktops with RAID controllers in them (except for the Intel chipset fakeRAID on the motherboard.
I've never done it but if you want one drive letter to span the two disks, you should be able to do it at the OS level.

Access will likely be slower with a software controller over a hardware controller but you don't need to mess with the actual RAID controller.

Windows 10 for example:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-one-large-volume-using-multiple-hard-drives-windows-10
spanned or striped volumes don't have parity, lose one drive you lose everything
You cannot stripe or span C: using software because the driver that has those algorithms may get relocated to the second disk after a few service packs and then it couldn't boot.
Maybe that's why I've never done it?
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Ok, this is why I asked the question in the first place...I’m not very familiar with it. I was trying to see if I could extend current C:\ but in the end I just added a SATA drive as D. Not as nice as one expanded part. But it worked. THANK YOU
You never did tell us what RAID controller you had!
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