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Migrating a RAID array from a PERC 4/DC to a PERC 4e/DC

I have a Dell PE2850 with two PV220s connected to a PERC 4/DC. There are 14 300 GB drives in each PV. I have 4 RAID 5 arrays of 7 drives each. Back up is to an HP LTO-3 tape drive.

I would like to use the Dell LTO-4-120 drive, which comes with an SAS PCIe controller card. Dell's recommendation is that I swap the riser card in the PE2850 with a PCIe one, and replace the PERC 4/DC with a PERC 4e/DC.

My question is: can I migrate from the PERC 4/DC to the PERC 4e/DC without losing any data on the 4 logical drives of roughtly 1.6 TB each?
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SysExpertCommented:
Good question, and you should be asking this of DELL, since it is their hardware.

Escalate this as high as you need to get an answer from a senior tech.

I would think that it should work, but  would not depend on it.

You may need specific firmware upgrades to make them more compatible.

I hope this helps !
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iankerrvayneAuthor Commented:
To close the loop on my original question, and in case it helps anyone else:

I ended up ordering a new riser card from Dell. As it turns out, it came with one PCI-X socket and two PCIe sockets, so I was able to reuse the PERC 4/DC without fear of disturbing the RAID configuration.

The SAS PCIe controller card for the LTO-4-120 drive is installed in one of the PCIe sockets, and everything is working as I had hoped it would.
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