Can a hard drive from a RAID 1 array be installed in a non-raid machine?

Posted on 2005-05-10
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
Basically, can I take a drive that has been mirrored to out of an array and plug it directly into a IDE slot (we're using IDE RAID) on a non-raid system?  It seems possible, theoretically, but I know things don't always work out like that.  I don't know if the drive has to be initialized or what.  The reason I ask is for disaster recovery purposes.  This is part of a hard drive backup system in which we rotate between three hard drives, two of which are in the machine at any given time.  The idea being that, if a fire wiped out the machine, the hard drive that is off site could be used to recover, once again, theoretically.  I'd like to know if there's a problem with my logic without actually trying it out.  Thanks!
Question by:bmoffitt
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    Yes, basically it can, but if you have the OS on the disk, you'll have problems with booting your OS correctly because the mainboard and hardware may be totaly different. Your drive letters can also differ in other hardware. But if you have the same hardware (mainboard etc) in both PC's there should be no problem. If you are talking only of a data disk there should normally be no problem at all.

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    Yes, the array in question is just being used as a hard drive back up that is not being booted from, so as long as we can get the data off of it, we should be fine.  Thanks!
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    thanx, too.

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