Moving a Server Raid Card and Disks to New Server
Posted on 2011-10-10
I have a server that is running a 4x500GB Raid 5 drive array (3 drives + 1 Hot Spare) using a 3ware 9550SX-4LP PCI-x server card. It is plugged into a X-series server and the 4 drives are housed in a self powered external drive enclosure.
The IBM server's motherboard is starting to go as the server keeps rebooting and not coming back up until you power-cycle it a couple of times. It is 4 years old and is ready for the dump so it is likely not worth the hassle to try to fix it.
I also have a spare 1yr old Dell PE rack server that I could move the raid card to and install the drivers and such to as this is a data set - no OS on the 3ware setup.
The problem is I have almost a TB of data on the current setup and I really do not want to have to copy all that data to another drive just to move the card to a new server and then have to move it (1tb of data) all back.
I would like to know if I move the card and drives to the new server (dell), keeping the exact configuration, and will it retain the array and data config or will I have start a new setup for the new server.
Please let me know if anyone knows or has tried this - I believe the card has a battery on it but I will have to check this prior to the move.
thanks in advance,