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Hard drive raid question

Hi, I have a WIN2K server with a mirrored RAID array with 80GB IDE drives. I would like to add more storage and was thinking about adding 300GB drives that I would also want to be a mirrored array.

What I would like to know,,, can I add a second controller card to the server that will run the 300GB array for storage and leave the existing controller in to manage the 80GB array with the OS?
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normpope
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
SHOULD be fine.
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jhanceCommented:
In all likelyhood, yes.  Provided that:

1) You have a PCI (or whatever) slot available for the new controller.
2) There are enough free system (i.e. IRQ, DMA, and I/O) resources available for the new controller.
3) There are software drivers (if required) available for the new controller.  For a new controller this should not be a problem.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
As noted above, it should work fine.  HOWEVER, check the manual for your current controller.  Many controllers can support multiple arrays -- if yours does, you can simply add the drives and use your current controller to manage both arrays.
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computerfixinsCommented:
you could also create a software RAID if performance is not an issue and you have two interfaces open. (ie: if your using it for back-ups).
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