I'm going with no on this one. You could try Dell Docs on this but it looks like the raid controller is a simple one. To get a SATA controller that you could put a bootable OS on removes those 20 buck controller cards and has us looking at Adaptec's solutions. Why? Because we need a boot rom for the controller.
http://download.adaptec.com/pdfs/user_guides/aar1210sa_ug.pdf writes "Your Adaptec 1210SA is a bootable controller. If your computer
already contains a bootable hard drive with an installed operating
system, you can set up your computer to boot a second operating
system from the new controller.
To add a second bootable controller, you may need to enter Setup
and change the hard disk boot sequence so that the Adaptec 1210SA
heads the list. If Setup does not allow this change, your system BIOS
may not be configurable to allow the Adaptec 1210SA controller to
act as a second boot device."
Hi, I have a good question for anyone. I have a xps410 w/2 320 gig wd hdd in a level 1 config. I want to add a 3rd drive in the box, (Baracuda 250 gig). I want to install another OS on this drive. It seems that every HDD that is pluged in to the board is controlled by the raid controller. Now, is there anyway to separate that one add in HDD from the raid array/controller and obtain an independent drive with it's own master boot sector or, does everything have to pass through the raid controller once it is plugged into the MB. Would a raid card do anything in this area. I would appreciate any and all help on the subject. Thanks a heap.