We have just found out that a server that a database product we must install can't be used with RAID 5 and we need to convert our 6 disk RAID array to some other configuration. Our server is Dell Poweredge 2600 running win2K. The controller is a PERC 4/Di.
1) Is there any way to take down RAID without destroying all the data on the disks?
2) If all data must be destroyed, can we simply back the entire server up, or will some settings that screw everything up be retained (i.e. Should we do a clean install? There is not much on this server yet)
3) What is the basic procedure for deleting a RAID array? Is the process done entirely from the setup utility that's accessible during boot time?