Moving Raid 1 to Identical Motherboard

August 13, 2017 at 19:54:27
Specs: Windows 7
My computer was recently hit by lightning and basically crippled. Lost the Lan, Usbs, Fax modem. My plan is to replace the mobo with an identical mobo. My question is does Intel rapid storage see the raid or do I have to use blank drives and initialize them then remove the blanks and insert the drives with the raid and data?

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August 14, 2017 at 03:02:58

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August 14, 2017 at 04:20:24
Yes I read that a while ago. That's why I acquired an identical mobo. My question still stands.

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August 14, 2017 at 05:09:39
It depends on the RAID controller itself, but most RAID controllers I've used store their RAID info on the drives themselves. Enable the RAID controller, and see if it sees the RAID. If not, you'll have to prepare sacrifices for the initialization.

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August 14, 2017 at 07:22:16
That's got to be it. Because the bios hands off control to the intel controller. So the info must be on the drive. I hope. Thing is it's a business computer and I have to pull this off without a having to reinstall all the programs I use. I was also considering cloning the raid to a single drive then transferring the clone back to a new initialized raid but I'm not sure if that is doable. Any input?

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August 14, 2017 at 07:49:18
Sure, if you have identical drives, any block level cloning software should do its thing, but it shouldn't be needed. The RAID controller will either see the array, in which case everything's fine, or it won't, in which case it's going to wait for user input before it'd attempt drive initialization. If so, power down and prepare the sacrifices. Or just prepare the sacrifices, if you're using hot-swap hardware. Just make sure the drive order is the same as it was in the now-dead system.

(Something, something, working backups, something, something.)

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August 15, 2017 at 00:32:44
Sorry to jump in here guys as I have zero input, I am just following the thread out of interest, can you explain what you mean by sacrifices Razor please?

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#7
August 15, 2017 at 06:16:09
It's an overly dramatic way to reference the spare drives the OP has for the RAID initialization. The data on the drives gets wiped during the initialization, you see.

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August 15, 2017 at 06:24:06
Ah, ok that makes sense! being extra slow today, not had any coffee yet.

Many thanks for the explanation Razor.


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August 21, 2017 at 08:08:04
Just a follow up on the mobo replacement. The most critical part was using same sata ports for the drives and of course the same controllers . The Intel Rapid Storage Technology raid controller is hard programed in the bios but all settings are stored on the drives.

The operating system fired up without a problem. That said, I did take numerous precautions by backing up the drives six different ways.


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