readme.txt Driver File Contents (RAID-DRVR-R86231.exe)


2 = Recommended = Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle.  The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).

Title / Description: 
CERC SATA 1.5/2s Windows Device Drivers - A02 release

Compatibility / Minimum Requirements:
Compatible with the following systems:

Release Highlights - Features:
Initial release

Release Highlights - Fixes: 
Initial release


Creating a Driver Diskette
When you install a driver in a new system or update a driver in an existing system,
you need a driver diskette.
You can use the following methods to obtain drivers:
 Visit the Dell Support website at and download the latest
drivers for your controller. Follow the instructions provided with the download.


Note: In order to execute this file, it must be downloaded to a system running Microsoft Windows with an unzip utility installed.

1. Click the "Download Now" link to download the file.
2. If the Export Compliance Disclaimer window appears, click the "I agree" link to accept the agreement.
3. When the File Download window appears, click "Save" to save the file to your hard drive.

Extract Files

1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file to unzip the download package.
2. Specify the location to unzip the files  the instructions below assume you extract files to a formatted floppy disk.
3. Click on the unzip button to extract files.

 Use the drivers from the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD or other
support CD provided with your server. Refer to Dell OpenManage Server
Assistant CD user documentation for details.

This section contains the following procedures for installing the drivers for the
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 operating systems:
 Installing a Windows Driver During Operating System Installation: Use this
method if you are performing a new installation of the operating system and
want to include the drivers.
 Installing a Windows Driver for a New RAID Controller: Use this method if
the operating system is already installed, you have installed a RAID controller,
and you want to add the device drivers.

The Windows driver file is available on the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD.
Installing a Windows Driver During Operating System Installation
Perform the following steps to install the driver while you are installing the operating
1 - Power down the system.
2 - Boot the server.
3 - During bootup, the BIOS banner should display.
4 - Configure the logical drive. See "Using the Adaptec RAID Configuration Utility."
NOTE: If this controller is not your primary controller, you can skip to Step 5 and
configure the logical drives using Dell OpenManage Array Manager (if provided).
5 - Insert the Dell OpenManage Server Assistant CD in the CD drive and restart the
6 - Select the language that you want to use.
7 - Read and accept the software license agreement to continue.
8 - Select Click here for Server Setup on the Server Assistant main page.
9 - Follow the instructions on the screen to complete setting up the operating system.
Server Assistant detects the devices on your system and then automatically installs
drivers for all of those devices, including your RAID controller.
10 - When prompted, insert the operating system CD and follow the instructions on the
screen to complete the installation. Refer to the operating system documentation for
more information.

Installing a Windows Driver for a New RAID Controller

Perform the following steps to configure the driver when you add the RAID controller to a
system that already has Windows installed.
1 - Create a driver diskette. See "Creating a Driver Diskette" for details.
2 - When the controller is added to a server and the operating system detects the
controller, click Cancel on All Detected Devices and reboot.
3 - Install the drivers for the new hardware.
4 - The Found New Hardware Wizard screen displays the detected hardware device.
5 - Click Next.
6 - The screen used to locate the device driver for the hardware device is displayed.
7 - Select Search for a suitable driver for my device and click Next.
8 - The Locate Driver Files screen is displayed.
9 - Insert the driver diskette you created in step 1.
10 - Select Floppy disk drives and click Next.
11 - The Wizard detects the device driver on the diskette, and the Completing the
upgrade device driver wizard displays the name of the controller.
12 - Click Finish to complete the installation

Known Limitations: 
1.  If using the CERC SATA 1.5/2s to create 2 single disk volumes, when formatting both disks, Dell strongly advises against attempting to delete one of the disk volumes.  This could result in a system lock up and require the user to reboot the system to recover

Download Driver Pack

How To Update Drivers Manually

After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

For more help, visit our Driver Support section for step-by-step videos on how to install drivers for every file type.

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