replacing disk in dell 1600sc raid
Posted on 2009-05-05
I'm trying to set up a back up system that will get my servers up and running quickly. I also don't ever want to deal with reinstalling software and configuring servers again. So, here is what I am trying to do. First, for my network server, which also services Exchange, I bought a used 1600sc (comparable cpus) and my plan is to have a recent mirrored (hot swappable) disk sitting in the recently acquired 1600sc. If my server has a catastrophic failure, I can turn on recently acquired 1600sc and have the network back up. I could then restore files not on that disk from back up software.
But, to get a mirrored drive off the server and to give an added dose of protection to server, I bought a new hot swappable drive to replace the mirrored drive I want to take out and put in the recently acquired 1600sc. Well, that didn't go so well. I thought I could just turn server off, pull out second drive from the top (it has a back plain), replace with new drive, go into set up on boot up and run 'rebuild' routine. That didn't work because when I tried to rebuild, the system said, 'can only rebuild failed drives.' I thought that maybe the drive had to be formatted in set up (an option) but it wouldn't do that either.
So, in short, I am asking how can I get new drive in to replace existing mirrored drive? And secondly, do you see any problems with putting old mirrored drive in a second 1600sc as a deep back up plan? Thanks for reading all this. dan