I have a Dell with two drives in a RAID 1 mirror array. My programs have become virtually useless over time. IE, Word, Excel, Macros, Adobe, etc are all experiencing functionality problems; if I can use them at all. A simple reinstall is out of the question. Something got screwed up (with MS, not possible...lol) and I am unable to reinstall office. I cant even get updates or uninstall it. Yes it is a legal version. What I want to do is reconfigure the drives so they are two separate drives. purchase XP SP3 and Office Professional, then wipe one drive and install both on that drive. I can then leave the other drive as is, since it has some software that I need and the company is no longer in business to issue a new license. (They said I would have to keep my computer to keep using the software. I bought the software when they were on their way out. Because no one else had what I needed to do. Too bad they had a fantastic product.) My RAID is part of the motherboard and I have software called Intel(R) Matrix Storage Console. In poking around what there is of the program. There isnt much I can do in that other than create arrays. There is one more space inside the computer to add a 3.5 inch drive and I have 2 empty SATA ports. I have tried to add an external SATA drive, but the system tried to add it to the RAID. I do have a spare 4pin power and could get a new cable to allow for an extra IDE drive. I'm not as techno as I may sound. Is the IDE a 40 pin ATA/100 connector? I'm hoping that by using a non SATA drive it will not attempt to add it to the RAID. Then I could make it my boot with the replacement software then leave the RAID as is. Is it possible to do what I want or do I need to get a new computer and install one drive as a second? Will the new computer accept it as a normal drive and not think it is part of an array? If it were not so expensive to get an iMac configured the way I would need it to run this cr*p then I would do it in a flash.