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BrotherGabriel



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:11 pm    Post subject: Can I turn off Intel Matrix Storage Manager? Do I need RAID

Hello all! I just aquired a new Dell Precision. I opted for the XP Pro downgrade from Vista. I am familiar with XP Home. But this new computer has something called "Intel Matrix Storage" and RAID. I never had them on XP Home (running it on a Sony Vaio), but my new computer is a duo-core processor. Can I turn off Intel Matrix Storage Manager? Do I need RAID? I know it uses up RAM. What exactly does RAID do? I have read through various documentations, but there is nothing there in plain, direct, simple English. I am hoping that some Gnomie would be so glad as to help me!

Thanks! -BGM
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BrotherGabriel



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:10 pm    Post subject:

I guess that gnome-body knows!!!!! I see 159 views on my topic here, but everybody is silent! Well, the best policy is, if you aren't sure whether you can turn it off, don't!

-BGM
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:26 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

BrotherGabriel wrote:
I guess that gnome-body knows!!!!! I see 159 views on my topic here, but everybody is silent! Well, the best policy is, if you aren't sure whether you can turn it off, don't!

-BGM


Lo Brother!

The old rule of thumb is "If in doubt.....DON'T! "

Dell, in many of its big towers is using a two drive RAID setup.
NO you can't disable it. Half of your data is on one drive and the other half of it is on the other drive. If the motherboard crashes, like it has on thousands of other Dell's, then you can NO longer access that data. Keep everything of value, backed up to CD's, DVD's or an external USB hard drive.

I have a Dell XPS-400 on my repair bench right now. It's wimpy little 375w Power Supply just blew its brains out.
I had to do some jury-rigging to get a standard 500w supply installed, but brute force and ignorance prevailed and I've now got the PC up and running with a much more reliable Power Supply.

This is the second XPS-400 that this person has had and both units failed at slightly over one year old.

NO, don't delete anything. And, do keep your data backed up.
Next time, don't waste your money on a Dell. Buy a REAL computer. Wink

Cheers mate!
The Doctor Cool
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BrotherGabriel



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 8:55 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

Dear drwho07,

Thank you for your answer and the tips. No, I wasn't entirely pleased with the Dell, but that's what they bought me. I appreciate your taking the time.

God bless.
-Brother Gabriel-Marie
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