Solved Moving a software RAID array to a new machine

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December 15, 2011 at 14:42:26
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2, 16GB
I'm looking at converting my gaming rig into another home server since I don't have time to or the interest in games anymore. My current server's specs are listed below:

AMD Athlon X2 6400+ @ 3.22 GHz
Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR2 RAM
BIOSTAR T-Force 520 motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 250GB (boot drive)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 4x2TB in RAID5 (software RAID)
500w Thermaltake PSU
Netgear Gbit Ethernet Adapter
Windows Server 2003 R2 x64

The 4 Samsung drives are connected to this SATA controller:
Rosewill RC-218 4-port SATA controller

Below is the box I want to move the 4 Samsung drives to, including the SATA controller if need be:

Intel Core i5 750 @ 4.11 GHz
Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM
Asus P7P55D-E motherboard
600w OCZ ModXStream PSU
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Intel Gbit Ethernet Adapter
ATI HD5870 GPU
Thermaltake Armor+ MX case
Ubuntu 11.10 x64 - Will be installing Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 or VMware ESXi.

I just ordered 16GB of G.Skill RAM for the Core i5 box, and plan on installing an Athena Power BP-SATA3141B Backplane Module to hold the drives because the Thermaltake case's drive bay had to removed to fit my GPU.

My question:

Since I am using software RAID, is it going to be problematic when moving the drives to a new machine and remounting the software RAID5 array? I can't afford to lose any data (~2.5TB) so I'm trying to play it safe before I move forward with the upgrade. When reconnecting the drives to the Rosewill SATA controller do I need to make sure each drive is plugged into the same port that it was connected to in the other computer? If this will work, is there any reason to use the onboard SATA controller over the Rosewill expansion card other than for less points of failure?

Thanks a lot,

Tony


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December 16, 2011 at 23:48:11
If you Google "transfer Windows software raid" the answer seems to be that it will just work (or that it may be necessary to import the array with Disk Manager). But I'm sure that you have a backup of this data rather than just relying on RAID; update this backup before the transfer, just in case.


#1
December 15, 2011 at 17:45:48
If you have ubuntu then use some sort of file based backup.
Create new system and then restore it.
Some things may have to be edited later. Usually names and uuid numbers. There is no fool proof way that I know of. All backups are a bit of a chance.

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December 16, 2011 at 05:13:07
A server doesn't need a high power graphics card or high end CPU. I think you're making a mistake, not to mention "wasting" your high end hardware.

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#3
December 16, 2011 at 13:51:50
Toynsathare. Rider made a perfectly valid comment. If you diagree with him say so by all means but we can well do without the personal insults and sarchasm. Leave that to the inamature kids on other forums but not this one.

Stuart


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#4
December 16, 2011 at 14:41:33
The point was that he didn't even both reading my question and jumped straight to the conclusion that I don't know what I'm doing. I was simply pointing out that I'm not making a "mistake" or "wasting" anything.

For the third time, may I ask; when using software RAID does it matter which ports the drives get reconnected to when moving it to a new machine. I feel I've been very clear with my question. If not, please let me know.


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#5
December 16, 2011 at 16:50:46
A reasonable assumption to make considering you say nothing of the use you are going to put the machine to other than you used to do gaming, which does require high end components.

As I said you can point out the incorrect assumption without the personal insults and sarcasm. You need to be a little less sensitive to criticism on the Internet - It does require a thick skin.

There is nothing wrong with your question for those that know the answer. But having had little experience with RAID5 and even less with Ubuntiu, I don't

Stuart


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December 16, 2011 at 23:48:11
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If you Google "transfer Windows software raid" the answer seems to be that it will just work (or that it may be necessary to import the array with Disk Manager). But I'm sure that you have a backup of this data rather than just relying on RAID; update this backup before the transfer, just in case.

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