Replacing SATA RAID Drives

By fullseptic ·
I have a Precision 380 with a RAID configuration w/3x 160gb drives. My paperless environment in the appraisal business will yield approximately 120GB in archived material a year. As such, as this machine was bought out of the Dell Outlet for $700 w/2gb RAM and 3 drives, I wanted to spend the money I saved on swapping out the drives with three 500gb Seagate Barricudas. What would be the best way to approach the swap? I have two licensed programs with 20gb of archived info already built up on the 160gb drives. Do I have to start over with the new drives or can I rebuild one drive at a time? Using Windows XP and IE6 and Trend Micro '06. Thanks.

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secondary drive

by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to Replacing SATA RAID Drive ...

Because it is a raid system (presumably raid 5)i would suggest you follw two routes.
1.the raid system is designed so that if one hard drive fails then no data is lost.So if you replace the drives one by one it will copy all the info to your new drives one by one.
2.backup everything on your present hdd and do a restore to the new hdd

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Replacing SATA RAID Drives

by jamison.hooper In reply to Replacing SATA RAID Drive ...

I'd go for option 2 for these two reasons.

1. You don't want to mess with your RAID, without a backup.
2. If you pull a 160g drive and rebuilt the array using a 500g drive, you're going to use 160g of the 500g available.

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Alternative to restore from backup

by timthew In reply to Replacing SATA RAID Drive ...

1) remove 1 drive at a time, and let array rebuild
2) Once array is completely rebuilt with new disks striped across the original 160Gb of the array, convert the volume to a dynamic volume using MS Disk Manager.
3) create and format a new volume on the remainder of the new higher capacity array.
4) Span existing partition across newly created parition on the dynamic disk, creating a single, expanded partition totalling the 500Gb.
We have used this method for three of our primary file servers when faced with expanding capacity. In fact, I am set to perform this exact procedure during a maintenance window tonight..

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