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Promise FastTrack66 Raid Controller

By Casemaker ·
Hi,
I have a client with a Promise FastTrack 66 Raid Controller Card. Raid 1 Mirrored, 2, 20 GB IDE drives. One drive went bad. Can I replace with a 40 GB and let it rebuild or do I need to replace both drives?

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by willcomp In reply to Promise FastTrack66 Raid ...

40GB should work but be limited to 20GB. If you wish to rebuild array from existing good drive, can't replace both drives.

Dalton

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Thank you for your post!

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Promise FastTrack66 Raid ...

To rebuild the existing RAID array you'll need to either partition the 40 GIG drive to 20 GIG and just use that amount of space where it will rebuild the data or better still replace both 20 GIG drives with 2 40 GIG drives and use the remaining 20 GIG drive to reload the data.

It the RAID array was a boot setup you'll need to boot from the 20 GIG drive and then Ghost/Clone an image to one of the 40 GIG drives and then shut down connect the 2 40 GIG drives to the Controller Card and reboot. Once you have the system up and running you can rebuild the second Drive.

With the cost of second hand drives it will most likely cost you as much for 1 20 GIG drive from one of the second hand suppliers as what a new 40 GIG will cost and even then there is only a $16.00 AU difference between a 40 GIG and 80 GIG drive so if the Controller Card will support the bigger drives I would be replacing them with 2 80 GIG drives. At least that way the drive warranty will still be in place when the computer is written off for tax purposes and you'll have faster drives for only marginally more than the cost of the replacement drive with a lot more space to play with.

Col

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Thank you for your post!

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