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Swap drives - mirroring

Posted on 2007-03-19
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i have to replace the original drives in a proliant  with a couple of larger sata drives

Is there an easy way to tell if a 2000/2003  server is using hardware or software raid ?
if drives are mirrorred , does the mirror have to be broken in order to ghost the drives ?
if its hardware (mirror) does anything have to be done once the new drives are inserted, in order to restore
from ghost 10 ?
 
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First if you have a software RAID you will be able to see 2 disk in Disk manager of Windows.  If it is a Hardware RAID you will see only one disk because the RAID Controler will manage the raid and Windows see only one disk.
Second If you have a software Mirror you can break the mirror but it is not an obligation.  If you have a hardware mirror you can not break the mirror before you Ghost because if you break the mirror you will lose all your data.
Third For an hardware RAID you will have to boot with the RAID manager of your RAID controler to erase your old RAID and to create the new RAID with the new hard drive.
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If it's hardware you don't have to bother about Ghost, just swap one disk, wait for the rebuild to complete and swap the other. As well as disk manager as TiVigno says you can also lok in device manager under SCSI and RAID controllers to see if there is a RAID controller in it. (even if it's SATA RAID it will show up there)
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