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In WHS 2011 would you mirror your OS SSD drive if so how?


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I will be using new SSD's so I'm not sure if they will have partitions. Anyway I am  leaning towards using the MB Raid to mirror the drives. My only concern would be if the MB died would I lose everything on those SSD's unless I got a replacement MB?

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Joe_Miner

Yes, until you got a duplicate MB.

 

I don't mirror my WHS2011 OS drive but that's just me.  It is backed up with Server Backup but my feeling is if I lose the OS drive I'll just re-install it -- I've re-installed the OS drive several times beginning with when I moved my OS from a 60GB SSD to a 256GB SSD and with DrivePool it was relatively painless.  I've also done re-install's just to clean the *stuff* off of it.  But, that means if I lose my OS drive my server is down until I rebuild with a new OS drive -- either with restoration from Server Backup or a clean install of WHS2011 plus my Stablebit and a few other apps.  If you want or need to minimize your down-time should an OS drive goes bad you should mirror the OS drive.

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I will be using new SSD's so I'm not sure if they will have partitions. Anyway I am  leaning towards using the MB Raid to mirror the drives. My only concern would be if the MB died would I lose everything on those SSD's unless I got a replacement MB?

 

Very likely you would lose everything on those drives, BUT, you absolutely should have a backup of just the OS drive anyway. So, you get a new mobo, install the SSDs, and restore from the backup you made. Then you let the OS figure out the new hardware and go from there.

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jmwills

Before I'd worry about finding the exact MB to duplicate, I would find one that suited my needs and reinstall the OS.  The OS I could care less about, it's the data that is important.

 

I can be back up and running fully patched in 2 hours from a clean install.

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Ok, sounds good, re-installing the OS would probably be easy enough if need be, so I won't bother with the mirroring. I will still back it up for insurance.

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In many ways I agree with JW. I mirror my OS drives because I can do it easily with the mobo RAID and then install the OS as if it was 1 drive. And, I still back it up.

 

If I had to do a bunch of tweaking in the OS to get mirroring I probably wouldn't even bother.

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