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Create RAID1 Array with only a single drive, initially?

Troy Bruder_1
Occasional Contributor

Create RAID1 Array with only a single drive, initially?

Hello,

I'm building a new server ML350 with a Smart Array 5300. Unfortunately, I only have a single 72 GB drive right now.

Is it possible, to create a single drive Array during Smart Start, install the OS, then sometime down the road add another drive and create a hardware mirror?

Thanks,
Troy
3 REPLIES
Greg Carlson
Honored Contributor

Re: Create RAID1 Array with only a single drive, initially?

Troy,

With a single hdd, your only option is a Raid 0. Later when you get another drive you can migrate it to a Raid 1. Very easy to do with the ACU. Just create your initial array as a raid 0 with that hdd and when you purchase more hdds, you'll have the option to change your raid level.

Ciao,
Greg
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Troy Bruder_1
Occasional Contributor

Re: Create RAID1 Array with only a single drive, initially?

Greg,

So basically, I'll just use the ACU to add the new drive to the existing array, then change the raid level from RAID-10 to RAID-1?

Perfect! Thanks!

Troy
Gerhard Roets
Esteemed Contributor

Re: Create RAID1 Array with only a single drive, initially?

Hi Troy

Initially you will have to use Raid 0 and then migrate it to the next raid level as you get the discs


Regards
Gerhard