I need advice from a Dell RAID expert

Hello I have a Dell PowerEdge 1435 with a Dell UCS-51 E2K-UCS-51 (B) GU186 UN939 RD996 PCI-e Raid Poweredge Adapter Card in a RAID1. The RAID card failed due to a budging capacitor. To work around the failure I removed the Raid card and wired a single drive to the mother board to get the server back online.  

My question is: how can I best restore the RAID1 with a new replacement Raid card?

The running drive has the drivers for the raid card so that shouldn't be a problem.  Hopefully the new card will pickup the foreign configuration on the active drive then I can add the other drive maybe after a format and rebuild.

Or I could make an Acronis disk image of the active drive, rebuild the RAID virtual drive and image back to the virtual drive. I don't want to do that if I can help it as the drive has a couple of hundred gigabytes of data on in as well as being the DC and it would take some time.

Advice with a procedure would be greatly appreciated.  The server is out of warranty so I don't think I can call Dell for help.

The OS is Server 2003 Standard.
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arnoldCommented:
Are you getting an identical replacement card?
Usually you would boot the system with the drives not connected.
Get into the raid controller, clearing its configuration. Inserting one drive, and directing the controller to read the config from the drive.
Once that is done, the system should reflect the RAId 1 degraded. Let the system boot, and then insert a second drive that will be sued to rebuild the array.

If you are going to a different raid controller, that will require the preloading of the drivers for the new controller on to the running system, the difficulty is further hampered as the new card might not recognize the one from the prior.

Often there are controllers that can use/configured without initializing the raid  configured with the existing drive as the reference device. And then will allow you to add the sevond completing the mirror.

The backup/restore is often best, but th lack of systems to use at the same time, you should clone the existing functioning drive. And test the transition using the clone drive.
If it works, your done, if it does not you still have the system.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
The RAID metadata is stored on drives, get an identical RAID conteoller and connect the drives. The RAID configuration should be picked up automatically.
If not you can take backup of a single drive (RAID1 is a mirror and has simply mirror copy on second drive), configure the RAId and restore from backup to this RAID.

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