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Adding storage raid to already setup microserver


guru_fordy
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Hi guys,

 

I've been googling all day and can't find my answer so I'm posting in the hope that someone can help!

 

I got a N40L 6 months ago and have set up the OS on a speedy SSD with the original 250gb drive being used as temporary storage. Now I've purchased 2 x 2tb WD Red drives that I want to set up in RAID 1 as a replacement for the old 250gb.

 

So if I've installed on my SSD under AHCI mode, how to I setup a RAID now without nobbling the OS install?

 

Thanks in advance!

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One question: have you flashed the N40L with the modified BIOS? My understanding is that it makes the system unbootable when the SATA is set to RAID.

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I'm not sure what you're asking.

 

Certainly it is possible to have an SSD and a RAID1 in a single system. For example, you could have 3 drives in a system, an SSD and 2 HDDs. You could install the OS on the SSD and then use Windows to mirror the 2 HDDs.

 

You could also have an SSD connected to a SATA port on the motherboard and 2 HDDs connected to a RAID card like a RR2720. You could again install the OS on the SSD and use the RAID card to set up a RAID1 array.

 

It should also be possible to attach an SSD and 2 HDDs to a RR2720 card. This might get a little more tricky as far as bootup order is concerned, but it again should be possible to install the OS on the SSD and RAID1 the 2 HDDs.

 

Is that what you're after?

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To be honest I don't really want to expand my system any further. What I would like is to have my SSD set up to be my OS drive with my two new drives using hardware RAID 1 off the mobo.But seeing as I am using the hacked BIOS I can't use RAID now can I?

 

Might it be easier to go with a software RAID like FlexRaid lol? I don't want to impact performance though :(

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