Move a RAID 1 drive to another server

My client has a Dell PowerEdge R310 with a SAS6/IR controller and 2 1-TB SATA drives in RAID 1 configuration.  The server has failed (probably motherboard and controller).  We are waiting for Dell support to come out to repair it but it may not be timely enough.

The client has asked the question: can we move the RAID1 drives (both or just one) to another hardware platform and bring it up there?  In theory, I think this can be done but I really don't know and don't want to try it without a little more knowledge.

So, can this be done?  Does the target hardware need to be the same make?  Same mode?  Same whatever?  Can I just move one of the drives - not both?  Can it be the secondary drive and put it into the primary spot on the new server?

Please help!
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
You can but only if the server is comparable to the one that failed.  The drivers are loaded for the server that failed, so if the drives get booted up with unfamiliar hardware it might not work and crash.  Typically if the chipsets are generally close or are the same between the two it has a chance to work.  Raid 1 is a mirror so both drives are identical as long as the mirror was stable.  Unless you know what your doing and are 100% confident in your backups then I would say you could play with them but if you don't I honestly would not risk it depending on the severity of the server.

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This will work with another a Dell PowerEdge R310 with the same SAS6/IR controller without a problem.
On any other DELL server with the SAME SAS controller (preferably same firmware), will also work (both maybe need to install drivers after booting, like vga/sound/network).
On any other DELL server with a slightly or totally different SAS controller, is kind of asking for problems (but in some situations, might even work).
Dirk MareSystems Engineer (Acting IT Manager)Commented:
I agree with both comments above but also note when moving only one of the drives and the data/information changes the other drive won't have the new changed data but the old stale data and the raid array will be in a inconsistent state (data mismatch).

This will most likely cause the raid array to rebuild.

crapshooterAuthor Commented:
In the end, we just took one of the drives and attached it to another system.  We then just copied the VHDs off of the drive and loaded them into a different Hyper-V system.

Thanks, all!
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