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ML110 Raid 1 help

Glenn Seymour
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ML110 Raid 1 help

I would like to know if there is any way to use the RAID 1 feature in the bios - switching from ide to raid for the SATA drive, adding another and activating it.
I have a pre-loaded server 2003 std operating system which has been using straight sata ide and now want to mirror the data over to another 80gig and use as raid - but it just keeps rebooting on server 2003 initialize - this is because the server was not configured originally for raid - is there a way to not loose the data but trick windows or install something to enable it to see the raid device on boot?
I would like to use the hardware raid and not have to rebuild the server from scratch if possible - --- is it?
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Re: ML110 Raid 1 help

I would not use the built-in RAID

I installed a hardware RAID Controller and added 2 extra SATA disks to create a RAID-1 store that is fail-safe. ( Today I would use the Promise TX2300 at about $70 ).

I only put the Operating System and Programs on to the original single disk.

I only put Data on to the RAID drive.

There are 4 advantages to this:

1. The hardware RAID drive starts the moment the power is on and is virtually independent of the rest of the computer. It has excellent RAID Array Manager software.

2. You could move the RAID disks and Controller card to another computer in minutes

3. The Windows Swap File and the Data are on 2 separate drives, so the overall system performance is improved.

4. You can rebuild and upgrade the Operating System or re-format the original single disk without disturbing your Data.

I keep working Data on my workstation and I have a backup utility to copy complete files and folders over to the RAID-1 drive on the server as they change.

- Belt & Braces
- LOCKS ( Lots of Copies Keep Safe )

This way I am storing personal Data and family photographs going back to 1984.

Not a very expensive solution and it is very very effective.

Hope that this helps you