Brief background: I have an Intel S5500HCVR mainboard with 5 Western Digital Enterprise class SATA drives in a software RAID 5 array (4 disks, one hot spare). The software RAID (Intel Embedded) has failed multiple times on this PRODUCTION system over the past 3 months. Sometimes marking all the drives as failed, or losing all the data, etc (every time it's a different issue). Luckily I have a nightly backup and SBS 2008 has a pretty slick bare metal restore.
My question: Intel technical support is stumpted. They cannot understand why all these components (I've replaced all the HW and reloaded the OS) keeps failing. SO, to rule out the SW RAID, they are sending me an SRCSATAWB hardware device. I need to do a full system backup, power off the server, add the RAID card, and boot it back up. Can I:
1. Have the HW RAID card read the metadata from the drives and see the RAID5 array as it is and just boot?
2. How will Windows SBS 2008 see the new controller? Can I inject the drivers for the new controller into Windows so it see's them ahead of time?
Is there a BKM for moving from SW to HW RAID? I'm not changing RAID level (staying at 5), not changing volume's at all. I simply want to go to HW RAID. Sounds simple.