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Team,

 

Just got my new 7670 today. I tried to save money and took it with the default 1T SSD knowing that I wanted to replace it with three 990 Pro's in a raid 0 config. Physical hardware swap went easy. However, when I try to use the Win 11 Pro for Workstations Media Creation tool, it can find any drives. I know I need the Dell RST driver for the Media Creation USB drive, but the only thing I can find on the Dell support site is an executable that requires me to be in Windows, which of course I can't install, yet. 

 

I have searched various threads and sites including on the site and I'm either missing it or can't find and helpful information. I would be very grateful if one of you could tell me how to create an array to install Windows onto.

 

Thank you SO much in advance,

 

Most respectful,

Leo

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You need to take Dell's Intel RST executable to another PC, run it, and choose the option to extract the files.  In the pile of files that comes out, you should be able to drill down and find a folder named "f6flpy" or similar, and inside there, a folder with a small number of files including a .inf file and some .sys files.  This is the RAID driver.  Copy these files to a flash drive and point the Windows installer to them when you get to the "load driver" part of drive selection.

 

If you haven't made your RAID array yet, you want to do that before you try to install Windows.  At the Dell startup screen, hit F12, and from the boot selection menu, there is an oddly named option (something generic like "device configuration") that will get you to the RAID setup screen.

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Thanks good, Sir. 
 

i appreciate both your prompt and detailed response. 

 

i saw a post similar to this, maybe from you, but when I did the F12 part, I could not find any choice anything like you describe. My BIOS keeps going into a Dell utility and tries to find a boot option from the network. 

 

What am I missing or doing work. 
 

Kindly and respectfully,

 Leo

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It's definitely there in the F12 boot selection menu.  Look off to the right (not in the main list on the left).  (Repeatedly tap the F12 button when the Dell logo is displayed to get it to go to the boot selection menu.)

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Info posts (Dell) — Dell Precision key postsDell driver RSS feeds • Dell Fan Management — override fan behavior
Info posts (Windows) — Turbo boost toggle • The problem with Windows 11 • About Windows 10 LTSC

Spoiler

Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch, 2023 (personal)

  • M2 Max
    • 4 efficiency cores
    • 8 performance cores
    • 38-core Apple GPU
  • 96GB LPDDR5-6400
  • 8TB SSD
  • macOS 14 "Sonoma"
  • 16.2" 3456×2234 120 Hz mini-LED VRR display
  • Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3
  • 99.6Wh battery
  • 1080p webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

Also — iPhone 12 Pro 512GB, Apple Watch Series 8

 

Dell Precision 7560 (work)

  • Intel Xeon W-11955M ("Tiger Lake")
    • 8×2.6 GHz base, 5.0 GHz turbo, hyperthreading ("Willow Cove")
  • 64GB DDR4-3200 ECC
  • NVIDIA RTX A2000 4GB
  • Storage:
    • 512GB system drive (Micron 2300)
    • 4TB additional storage (Sabrent Rocket Q4)
  • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021
  • 15.6" 3940×2160 IPS display
  • Intel Wi-Fi AX210 (Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3)
  • 95Wh battery
  • 720p IR webcam
  • Fingerprint reader

 

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  • Dell Latitude E6520
  • Dell Inspiron 1720, 5150
  • Dell Latitude CPi
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