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Server Upgrade From Non-RAID to RAID0? Dell Poweredge 1850 PERC4/i

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We have a production server, Dell PE 1850 with the PERC4i integrated RAID controller.

Currently it just has 1 73 GB SCSI hot swap HD.

What i would like to do, is install two larger SCSI drives, and set them up in RAID0.

While i am familiar with how to do this normally, i want to minimize downtime, and will be working out of the data center so want to do it as quickly as possible.

It does not have a DRAC card on there, so i have no way to access the PERC controller without being on site.

Is it possible to:
-Create an image of the production server, over RDP or some other protocol, while the server is running without a DRAC card?

-Configure the new drives for the raid array so i can just head over to the data center, install them, configure the raid container on the controller locally, and then boot the OS?

If none of this is feasible, what would be the best way to do something like this while minimizing downtime?
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