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How to install a new RAID in 2000 Server

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Hello Experts,

I have a 2000 server running what I believe to be a RAID 1 (mirrored) with 2 drives and I need to add 3 more larger drives and create another RAID. Once that is done, my boss wants me to image the OS and place it on the bigger RAID if that's even possible.

This is a Dell 2650 and has Open Manage 5.3 installed. Is there a way to create that RAID in windows or do I need to do it on the PERC?

Any and all assistance is always appreciated!  <-- Look at all those A's I used! WOOT

Jeremy
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OSC-IT,

I am going to make a couple of assumptions here and if you are able to clarify them should they be wrong please do so.

Your perc controller is connected to a hot swap cage? I am assuming yes, if not it is not the end of the world.

Place the 3 new drive into the cage. From here depending on the age of your server you should have a gui utility for administering your raid array. Open that tool up I forget what exactly Dell calls there utility but it should have the word perc in it. Once that is open you are going to walk through the steps to create another RAID array using the 3 drives. Select RAID 5 as the type and let it build.

Once this is done then you should be able to go into disk manager for windows and carve up the partitions as you want. It will show one big drive to start with.

Now here is where I have questions for you as this may change what you want to do.

You can attempt to ghost or clone or use what ever tool fits you fancy to move everything from the first array to the second or if this is just a files server you could relocate your shares to the new array and save you the time and stress of moving the os.

Regards,

3nerds
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It looks like the system has the Adaptec AIC-7899 Ultra160/m PCI SCSI Card (2x) which is not a PERC. Bad for me as I don't see any gui for it

In Open Manage it even states it is NON RAID but I'm almost positive it is.

As for imaging the system we are out of disk space on the 2 drives and this houses our fax server. We have 25+GBs of fax images that we cannot delete and the easiest thing is to image it to a new 147GB system.
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In disk manager in windows do you see a raid volume?
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Nope
I attached an image

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How big are the physical drives in this server?

What has lead you to believe that this is a RAID 1 configuration?

Have you rebooted this server to see if there is a bios type configuration utility for the card?
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They are 36GB drives and I was going off of my bosses word since he stated they were mirrored.

I have not rebooted the server yet since it needs to be done after hours but I'm having an issue with the server now so I just might get a chance to reboot it shortly.


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There is NO RAID running on this system and I should have done my own research instead of listening to someone else.

I've got it taken care of now and I'm just going to mirror two of my new 147GB drives and copy the D drive over to them and then make those new drives the D drive giving up over 100GB of free space. That should last us 5+ years or more for fax images.

Thanks for the assistance 3nerds!

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