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Adding Extra Drive to a SATA RAID 1 configuration

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I have a customer with a IBM X206m running two 160Gb SATA in RAID 1 configuration. I want to add another 500GB SATA drive to the server as a sort of backup drive for extra data. They are a media company have alot of large files to store. Is this feasable without breaking the curent Raid Array. I just want the 500Gb drive to show up as an additional drive and to be no part of the current raid.
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Yes, you can add the drive as additional drive in this system. Based on the system specs:
http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/uk/eserver/xseries/hardware/tower/x206m/specs.html 
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I just thought becuse the BIOS is configured for SATA Raid it may in some way conflict with the current raid when it is installed.

This is a productioin environment and I do not want it to die on me :-(
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Then, use usb external drive for backup purpose though.
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to slow really and they already have one so I really want to try use this first.. Just going to have to give it a go I suppose
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Added the SATA drive no problems
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Of course, in the specs that I posted above, adding more drive is not an issue. But I agreed with you to take more caution since you stated that system is on production. In fact, using an external drive is very common nowaday, though.
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