05-10-2009, 10:08 PM
Imperial Space Womble
Join Date: Jan 2004
Re: Upgrade RAID 1 to larger drives...
I have done this a few times.
1. Break the drive mirror. Remove one of thes orginal hard drives.
2. Install 1x larger hard drive
3. Use programs like Norton's Ghost (or some other drive copying program) to copy the OS and the contents of your drive.
4. Remove the other orginal hard drive
5. Check to make sure you can boot up from your new drive.
6. Install the second new hard drive
7. Boot up into your RAID unlitity and create and rebuild your drive mirror again.
In a nutshell, it's copy one drive accross, then rebuild the next.
When it comes down to RAID, I rather use an seperate Adaptec Card as appose to an onboard RAID card.
Reason being is that I can easily migrate that RAID Card and RAID drives from one machine to another.
I also like the tools that come with this adapect RAID card. One of these tools being the ability to rebuild a RAID Drive and still have people accessing the data at the same time.
The other thing that i don't like doing with RAID is having the OS and DATA on the same drive. Virus normally attack the OS Partition or the hard drive with the OS on it. So lets say you use your Parition Table, you will loose it on both your drives and your data.
Operating Systems can be in-reinstalled. You might has come down time, but aleast you will be up and running agian soon. Your data on the other hand. Once it's gone, it vary hard to get back.
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