what raid is in my server

How can I check without restarting the server what RAID the servers have, one is and sbs 2011 and the other is 2008

Thank you
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
You really can't.  About the only thing you can do is add up the physical storage and see what you have for your server.

For example. If you have 4 x 300 GB drives and your total storage is 900 GB.  You can be pretty sure you are RAID 5.

If you have 600 GB you can be pretty sure it's RAID 1.

1.2 TB would mean no RAID 0.
If the server is properly set up and uses hardware RAID, you will have a utility installed which you can just open, and it should tell you what array it uses. Most servers also include a hardware system, like iDRAC in the Dell's, or ILO in HP's which you can connect to and tells you the hardware setup of the server, what it's status is, RAID configuration etc. But also this has to be setup properly. If you don't know about it you probably didn't set it up properly.  It is really something you should do, as it is very useful, and you can use it to warn you about problems, and you can do many things remotely without having to be onsite.

If you are using OS integrated Software RAID, then you can just start Diskmanagement within Windows, and there you will see what RAID you are using.

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Ben HartCommented:
What brand is the server?  Like Rindi above said HP, Dell, IBM.. all makers have utilities you can install that will allow you to view your array config without a reboot.
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avib27Author Commented:
It HP I am going to have to check,I wasn't the installer of it
Ben HartCommented:
You want the HP Proliant Offline Raid Config Utility for your model.  Easily found under Drivers and Support.
avib27Author Commented:
Once I download it and start it are you sure it won't mess anything up?
Ben HartCommented:
Positive.. you "can" make changes but you have to actively make them it won;t just do it on its own.
Chances are the tools are already installed?
Ben HartCommented:
Any decent server guy setting up a Proliant you'd think would have installed them.
avib27Author Commented:
Thank you, the software was on the Servers and using raid 1 phew!!
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