View Full Version : Transferring Raid to new system
08-08-2003, 05:45 PM
I have an existing raid setup and I am about to upgrade my computer. I was just wondering if any of your knew how I could transfer my existing raid to a new system. Do I just setup the new raid the same way I did the old and then plug in my drives? I am running the raid using 2 80gig harddrives and it is filled up and I don't want to lose any of the data. I believe the new system has raid133. My old one had raid100. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
08-09-2003, 02:29 AM
So you're using a motherboard-integrated controller?
That might be a problem. You see, RAID controllers have their own HD controller and memory (and BIOS), so if you had the controller as a PCI card you could then move the card and drives to the new motherboard and AFAIK you should be able to keep everything. Since your controller(s) are integrated into the motherboard, you cannot keep the RAID container info with the drives.
Now, you might be able to build a new array without loosing all of the info on your disks, but in my experiance, once you make a new array/container the info on the drives is lost.
Hopefully someone else here might know for sure if this can be done. The other option is to get in touch with someone from your hard drive or motherboard customer support and ask them if you can move disks to a new RAID controller without loosing the data on the drives.
In either case I'd strongly recomend you backup any folders/files you don't want to loose onto external HD/CD/DVD/tape (if you have it) before you do anything.
Sorry I couldn't be more definative...but I don't know for sure. I do believe you'll loose the data.
08-09-2003, 03:56 AM
Yeah, my MB has integrated raid. I'm pretty sure I can't transfer since my new comp will have raid 133 and I am currently using raid 100. It looks as though I will have to just backup my data.
Thanks for your help!
08-09-2003, 05:24 AM
I don't think it's a good idea to keep any data you don't want to lose on a raid zero array in the first place. It's taking more than twice the risk of losing it.
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