You may use Intel® Rapid Storage Technology to create and manage RAID volumes within Windows*.
We do not have any comparison information with other products but you may refer to the user guide and download site linked below. Please note that for better compatibility we suggest getting the corresponding version of the software from the system manufacturer.
this is what I find in the following link but I do not know what the Intel RST user interface is that I am supposed to be able to access while in windows. Is that a program that is intalled if I download latest RST? will I disable or affect Dell BIOS if I download latest RST and replace RST that came with system?
RAID migration overview
A RAID migration allows you to convert a RAID-Ready system into a RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 configuration, or from a RAID 0, 1 or 10 volume to a RAID 5 volume.
If you have a RAID-Ready configuration, you can add any SATA hard drives necessary and use the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology user interface to start the migration. The migration does not require a reinstall of the operating system.
Intel® RST should be accessible from its system tray icon (right corner of the Windows* taskbar).
You can install latest IRST if you have Q67 chipset as found in the following document:
Theoretically, you will not affect the system BIOS in any way other than RAID configuration if using a compatible version of IRST.
As mentioned earlier, just in order to assure compatibility, use the latest IRST version provided by the system manufacturer.
if migrating I use the windows console that I have now downloaded
as opposed to using the bios rom that I would use if I were installing a fresh operating system
as for drivers, I need not update them it appears as the system has updated them even tho I downloaded the latest driver set
real question once in raid 1 if one drive fails does second authomatically kick in and are drive messages provided ?
If one of the drives fail, the system will show a message saying the RAID becomes Degraded. Once you replace the failed drive, IRST can start rebuilding the RAID in Windows*.