Installing a RAID controller

Hi All,
I have a windows 2003 server that is up and running.  I have a single 36 GB Hard drive in the server and I wil be installed 3 more 36 GB hard drives to create a RAID-5 Array.  I have purchase an LSILogic Megaraid SCSI controller.  My question is, How can I create the RAID array with destroying the current data?  Will I do this through the RAID Controller Bios settings?

Any help would be appreciated.

Scott
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TheCleanerCommented:
If you want all 4 drives to be part of the RAID 5 array, then you will need to backup the data externally, then you'll wipe out the current drive and create the Array using the Raid Array boot CD or bios utilities or whatever is used for that particular vendor.  Then you'll reboot, install the OS again, and restore from backup.
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smprossAuthor Commented:
The raid controller talks about using preconfigured operating system on a hard drive.  It says that I should use the preconfigured disk to create a one drive array and then add the other drives to the array.

Scott
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TheCleanerCommented:
Hmm...well that sounds logical, but I've never done one that way.  I don't see how it's going to allow you to create a single drive array (since the very term array denotes more than one).

The current hard drive is SCSI and is connected to what kind of controller currently?

I would make a backup just in case, but if the product documentation says you can do it that way, I'll trust them.
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smprossAuthor Commented:
The current hard drive is SCSI and is connected to the SCSI controller on the motherboard.  I do have a backup, they indicated that you can make a single drive array with the Pre-Loaded Operating System and then change the type of RAID by installing other hard drives.

Anyone else have any thoughts.  Thanks Cleaner.

Scott
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TheCleanerCommented:
I found this on their site:

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along with product documentation (wasn't sure of the model # you had).  If I were you, I'd just feel better about calling them and confirming the steps to take if you already have an existing drive.
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smprossAuthor Commented:
Thanks Cleaner!  That is exactly what I am going to do!

Scott
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TheCleanerCommented:
Thank you for the points!
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