I was recently dumbfounded when I saw that I had only 1GB left on my email server's HDD. This scared the begeezus out of me, and forced me to look into extra storage options. When I opened the email server I saw that there was no space left on the RAID array and with much to my dismay, it being a weirdly designed case, there was no space to put in a regular IDE drive either!
So, I posted on a couple of forums and listservs and what have you, and got back 3 different options:
1) SATA External RAID
2) FireWire 800 External RAID
3) Buy an Internal RAID and ducttape/velcro the HDDs to the case
Now, Firewire 800 was my solution on the sense that a) it was cheap, b) it was available right then and there. So I went and bought:
1) Adaptec 4300 FireWire PCI Card
2) 2 200GB WD 8MB Buffer IDE HDD
3) 2 External FireWire HDD cases
After I put the HDDs together in the case, and installed the Firewire card in the server, I plugged everyone in seperately and started up Windows 2003.
Windows 2003 saw the drives NOOOO problem! Now came the part on making it a RAID1 conf.
So I went to Disk Management, and saw my drives there, when I went to "Convert to Dynamic Disk" I saw the option was grayed out. After much research I found this article: http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1204/
which shows you how to enable firewire's to do dynamic conversion. After that registry tweak, I got it to enable the option nooo problem. Now, I went and converted to dynamic and WALLA! It was available as dynamic.
Now, I went to Add a "New Volume" and chose "Mirrored" but as soon as I did that, on the bottom windows gave me a pop-up windows saying:
"FT Orphaning Error, one of the drives failed redundancy, and will not be available" then after that on the diskmanagement the famous yellow warning sign appears, with huge lettering "FAILED REDUNDANCY"
So,... After all this am I stuck AGAIN?!?! Is there no person out there that did this successfully that can help me out?
P.S. I also tried hooking the HDD's via serial and parallel settings. meaning, I lugged one case to the other, and that case to the machine. Result: No change. When I tried jumper settings: "by default I made them both master, then I tried master w/slave, and master/slave." Result: No change.
I AM STUCK PEOPLE! I AM ASSIGNING 1000 POINTS TO THIS QUESTION (I will give 500 to correct solution, and just reward another 500 to another question so you get a total of 1000 points)! I NEED THIS ASAP!