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Changing a raid card

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I have a Dell powered 6300. I've had an original PERC raid card running for years. It is faulty now and will only boot every once in a while. I've aquired a newer (although still old) PERC2/DC controller now. My question is, with the old card installed so I can see windows 2003 server. How do I install the drivers for the new PERC2 card? All drives are on the raid 5.
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Dear vbplayer,
This is going to little tough and tricky. You may do this But i strongly suggest you take the complete backup of your System.

* Install the new card in the server as additional Raid card without removing the old card.
* Boot the server and install the driver.
* Shutdown the server and remove the old Raid card
* Connect the drives to new Card
* when it boots it will ask you that there is configuration difference between NVRam and Harddisk.
*Read it from harddisk and overwrite the config in the NVRAM. This is very important section.(Any change , you may loose the data)
*. Then boot the server and check whether it is coming up with the OS.

Best of luck

Cheers!
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That's what I was thinking of doing. But I was thinking after doing the above. Will windows know while booting, that the old raid card isn't in the system and boot from the new card. A couple other places I'm looking are pointing me on the path of making a bootable floppy and messing around with the boot.ini file.
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If you have Dell Support then you can check with them once.
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