I want to install new hard drives into an exisiting Dell server. Current configuration is three hot swap, 146 GB drives in a RAID 5 array. There is one open bay for a fourth drive. I want to install four 1TB drives in a RAID 5 array. I know I will have to remove the three 146 GB drives and then use the Dell Open manage utility to install 2003 Server OS and create the new array.
I will copy all the data to another server and also have a backup of it before proceeding. I plan to copy the data back to the new drives when done.
My question is if something goes wrong when setting up the new drives, if I shut down the server and plug the old drives back in, will Server 2003 boot and will all the data still be there? Any input about this procedure is appreciated. Thank you