how to reinstall windows 2003 server with rai

June 30, 2011 at 05:23:13
Specs: Windows XP
i have a dell power edge 2950 server with 6 hard disks . every hard disk is 73 gb . i need to re install windows 2003 server with raid5
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#1
June 30, 2011 at 08:48:48
Is there a question? I only see a statement.

recommended raid config is as follows
raid1 the os
raid5 the data
have a hot spare drive.

with 6 drives you would have
2 in a mirror [73 gb]
3 in a raid5 [146 gb]
1 as hot spare

You would do this in the raid controller bios.

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#2
July 2, 2011 at 10:22:17
thank very much
iam sorry but iam really new for all of this stuff
i need to know what is the reason of the host spare hard disk ?or what is the hot spare hard disk ?
and when i do all of this steps ... how i will see the hard disks on the OS level ??/
am i going to see them on 3 hard disks ?? the OS Hard disk(2 physical hard-disks with raid1) , data hard disk (3 physical hard disks with raid5 ), and the last hard disk (hot spare ) ??? am i right ??
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#3
July 3, 2011 at 09:08:55
hot spare is for automatic failover if a drive in one of the raid arrays dies.

in the OS you would only see two drives. One for the raid1 which is where you install the OS. One for the raid5 where you store your data.

you don't see the hot spare in the OS

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#4
July 4, 2011 at 09:38:58
thx again for your help
i have one last question :)
the hot spare hard disk.. what makes it a hot spare or how i make it hot spare
should i do this in the raid step ?? like make 2 HDs raid 1 and 4 HDs raid5 and i assign the last HD as a hot spare ? or just leave it without doing any thing makes it a hot spare ??
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#5
July 5, 2011 at 08:36:52
like make 2 HDs raid 1 and [THREE]HDs raid5

you have to assign the hot spare as a global spare [can be used for either array].

Might want to download the read the documentation for your servers hardware

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