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disable software raid in windows server 2003

January 26, 2011 at 07:19:30
Specs: Windows 26.03.2010
Currently we have a windows 2003 server machine with 2 harddrives set up using software raid. (there is no physical raid controller...its software raid). see the below article of how we setup the software raid.

Now, the system is soooo slow that we have decided to get rid of this raid and have just one disk (and have another whole new backup machine). How do we achieve this uninstalling of software raid?

If there is a way to disable the software raid without data deletion that would be ideal. If not, I think we can copy all the necessary files from the system. After copying, even if we have to erase all the data in order to disable the software raid, that is fine also. Only thing with this is that we have install all the programs, etc.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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January 26, 2011 at 10:07:54
"If there is a way to disable the software raid without data deletion that would be ideal."

Depends, are you using a RAID 0 or a RAID 1?

Personally, I would just do a System State backup, Install a New Drive (gives me a chance to upgrade the size) and restore the system state back to the new drive. If something went wrong I could just put the old drives back in. Do what you want but we need to know which kind of raid you are doing.

P.S. If you are using RAID 1 then this might help.

I would do the system state backup either way you go so you can undo something if it messes up.

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January 26, 2011 at 18:56:07
hi rrangaprasad,
indeed, it is necessary for you to convert the dynamic disk just with windows native disk management, but all partitions (including all data) on the disk will be deleted firstly. that is really a big deficiency of windows disk management.
if you want to convert without data deletion, ok, you'd better choose the 3rd party disk management software.
google with convert server partition software, you will find partition master listed the top. and i used this tool before with my office server 2008, and it works well. this is the article i found may be suitable for your problem: convert server dynamic disk
good luck

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January 27, 2011 at 06:16:02
Thanks for the responses guys.
I will read through the articles.

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January 27, 2011 at 08:08:58
Your slowness is not raid related. You have other issues like a lack of memory.
Removing drive fault tolerance is going backwards not forward.

Your backups will not capture the data that changes since the backup whereas a raid array does.

Give serious consideration to what you are about to do.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
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January 27, 2011 at 08:18:39
One would hope he takes every one off line before he does the backup and pulls the drives. I do agree that you should run some sort of RAID. Personally, I would look into a Hardware RAID instead of Windows and get 4 drives so that I could use RAID 5 or better. This way you get the minimal disk space lose do to redundancy because it uses parity instead of mirror.

Does your Motherboard support RAID? If not you can get a RAID card.

Or talk to the manufacture of the system. They may have a back plain upgrade.

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