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We have a Gateway Server 960 running Windows Server 2000.  At present this server has 3 internal SCSI drives configured into a RAID set with two drives in a RAID 1 configuration and drive 3 as a hot swap.  All three are Cheetah 72GB drives.  The controller is an ADAC 64-bit LVD SCSI Array Controller and I am using the MegaRaid configuration app.

We would like to add another drive (SCSI preferred as there is one more SCSI slot available) to move some files off the primary storage to a secondary area.  These would be files that are not accessed frequently, or have historical data that is not needed on a day to day basis.  I may also use this new drive for intermediate backups of daily data...

My question is: can I add a 4'th SCSI drive without configuring it into the current raid set or should I either discard the current drives and move up to larger ones?

There are external SCSI ports on the back of this server but: a) I have no experience with external SCSI drives, and b) not a strong fan of external drives being stacked in the server room, thus have not investigated third option in the past.  There is also (probably) an internal IDE interface for conventional drives, but have not looked at that yet...

Thanks,
Ray L.
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hi, there

sure you can configure the last drive as a raid 0 so that is basically just a volume no recovery option though so if data is gone then they are gone. Must Raid software has this smaller software where you can configure the raid within windows if not then a reboot is needed boot up into the raid controller, if your drive is now seen then configure new raid config mark one drive ond then volume or raid 0 should be an option.

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Thanks.  I had posted to Gateway Tech Support also and they concur.  Appreciate your assistance, I'm always hesitant to try new things on machines that are enterprise critical w/o at least a little research and reassurance.
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