Adding drives to a RAID 5 array in Dell PowerEdge 1800
Posted on 2011-10-24
Simplified version of my situation.
I have two Dell PowerEdge 1800 servers, each with three, 80 GB hard drives in a RAID 5 array. The motherboard gets fried in a lightening strike on one of the PowerEdge machines so I'm down to one. The PowerEdge 1800 has room for six hard drives.
Question: What happens if I add the 3 hard drives from the dead server into the drive bay of the good server? Will the 3 added drives be formatted and assimilated into a single RAID 5 array, or will I have an opportunity to create a second RAID 5 array without losing the data on the 3 additional drives.
Ultimately, I need to access the existing data on the 3 orphaned hard drives and have the drives available for additional storage.