Would really appreciate some opinion on this as its really critical
2 weeks ago we 90% finished a new server 2008 install to 11 workstations. The server is just a PC with hardware RAID 0+1 and 4 x 2Tb drives. What we missed was the pesky 2Tb limit so therefore wasn't using the whole array. The OS is installed on a 1Tb partition with nothing else on the RAID.
So we got hold of Acronis Server 11 and are using the boot CD to image backup. I use Acronis extensively for workstations but haven't for a RAID.
My issue is, the boot CD sees the RAID as 4 separate drives, of which C and D contain the partition but E and F showed nothing. The backup size is around 340Gb as it contained roaming profiles (something we want to move to separate drives but that's a question for another day).
Just to be sure I backup up all the drives to an external 1Tb drive with about 750gb free space. After a number of hours at 65% it stopped saying not enough room on the backup location. I'm presuming that as I chose all the drives it was also backing up the mirror also?
I've now started a backup of the labelled C Drive only, with the intention that I either leave the RAID out of it and use JBOD and move things around accordingly or use another RAID again. The backup is running much more quickly this time.
How can I be confident that the C Drive is good to put back to a different structure? - this is the only backup and its Saturday afternoon, the Server needs to be put back in the office by Sunday night ready for them to return for work on Monday. Obviously the image will be verified.
Any opinions or advice for this would be great, I'm just concerned at the '4 disk representation'