We are a small catering company in Atlanta and I have a server running Windows SBS 2003 with a single 250 GIG HD that I would like to convert to a RAID array. (Main reason is that even with off site back ups, a HD crash on our server would still be a catastrophe - so I really need the redundancy in place).
My plan is to install TWO new HD's so we will have a total of three drives in the RAID array once it is "converted" but I am smart enough to know that this is not going to be EASY.
Here are the specs: Custom built server (not a name brand) with Intel Core DOU on an Intel Motherboard Model: S3210SH. Existing HD is a Seagate ES.2 SATA 3.0-Gb/s 250-GB; model: ST3250310AS. I have TWO Seagate ST3250310NS's to add in to form my RAID. The server is presently preforming fairly well with no known issues.
* This server functions as our company file server.
* Anything that we do should not alter the file or file folder locations or structure.
* We do not have data capacity issues at this time (I have only used 32Gig of the 250 Gig drive).
* I can not risk a solution that requires, or significantly risks, the need for an OS reload/reconfigure.
* I am one test away from my A+ certification and am pretty comfortable doing most anything from tweaking a registry to replacing a processor – just know that I need to be WAY careful.
I would imagine I may have left out something pertinent; please let me know and I will happily answer. I have been living on borrowed time and feel a growing sense of urgency to get this done so I can relax about my data!
Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.