How do I replace a motherboard and keep the RAID configuration?
Posted on 2009-12-16
Our Gateway server died (it was an E-9510T) and after selling their business division to Micron, and Micron going under, we no longer have warranty support. Our motherboard is dying on our server (it still works, but it is marking DIMM slots as bad when the RAM sticks are good, and the other day we had the case open and we heard a pop and saw a transistor blow). It still functions, and we're still using it, but just to be safe, we ordered a replacement motherboard.... the EXACT model and configuration of motherboard that is in the machine now.
We're using the onboard SATA RAID to mirror two 250GB drives. If I replace the motherboard, and plug in everything as it was on the old motherboard, and configure the BIOS, and RAID BIOS the same way as it was on the old motherboard, will I have any issues (aside from minor stuff like Windows product activation, since the MAC addresses will be different and so will the serial number)? Will the RAID setup still work, and will I be able to boot into Windows?
If not, is there anything I should do? Can I clone my logical drive and restore it and then would it work? I really need to get this server up and running with no time to re-install Windows and configure everything.