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Is there a way to set up a RAID 1 with two SATA HDD on a DELL Poweredge 860 that has no specific RAID Controller? I want to use the on board SATA controller to set up my RAID 1.

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What OS will you be running? – jftuga Sep 15 '11 at 10:27
Hardware RAID without a controller? Nope. Software RAID without a controller? Probably, depends on the OS. – jscott Sep 15 '11 at 10:29
I will install windows server 2008 RC 2. So i know to setup a software raid in windows. but i'd like to install the windows into the raid (means after i have setup the raid-array). I'm not sure if the mainboard of the server offers me the posibility to setup a raid without a specific hardware controller. – David Sep 15 '11 at 10:32

Self answer by David:

So thanks for the comments, I will stop there trying to set up my RAID 1 on this machine.

For any further question to this topic, this excerpt from the Dell hardware specification of this machine will be my answer :-)

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So why do you not set up a software raid1? – Nils Sep 22 '11 at 20:59

no, he's talking about a 'built-in' firmware raid from the motherboard. NO, sorry that is not possible. You might be able to do software raid AFTER you load the o/s, using OMSA.

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