Software Raid 0/Spanning Disk


  • Hey, I have a server with Windows Server 2003 on it and I have a few disks that are setup with Software Raid 0 aka Spanning Disks. My main question/concern is that the server is being changed to a more powerful machine (switching from single socket, quad core Intel, to a dual socket AMD Server - havent quite determined what server board yet), but the way I understand software raid to work is that when the hard drives are moved out of the server, the data is pretty much lost. Is that the case? If I move the spanned disks from one machine to another, both running Server 2003, will the data be lost? I know if I was using some sort of Raid controller, that this would not be an issue, but being that its software raid, I have to ask. Thanks in advance, null_x86
    Tuesday, April 20, 2010 12:54 PM


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  • Hello!


    I see no wise solution for this. So I think the easiest way will be simply to backup data from your RAID, move your discs, and then to restore data to the new place.


    iSCSI SAN Software Support Department

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:50 AM
  • Got any cost-friendly solutions for backing up 2.5TB of data?
    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:20 AM
  • Hello,

    You'll find inexpensive external storage with 2TB+ capacity. Look for a backup software that is able to compress efficiently. Sometimes they are bundled with the external HD.

    Generally speaking, how did you use to backup that box?


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    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:01 PM
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    iSCSI SAN Software Support Department

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010 2:41 PM