Arno Wagner" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message news: XXXX@XXXXX.COM
So that's obviously not what he meant.
>>>> I converted two machines from single IDE to RAID 1 by simply
>>>> installing the original single drive into a new RAID 1 IDE array, building
>>>> the array with one new disk, then removing the original disk and installing
>>>> a second new disk, and then having the first disk build the second. It
>>>> worked perfectly, and took only a few hours.
That's what he meant, obviously.
Sofar for your "Unlikely" 'opinion'.
>> So the old controller may not store a superblock on disk.
Or doesn't care that the imported drive has one.
>> Or your disks are short one sector and you are lucky it was not allocated
Or maybe he just uses a capable controller.
>> (smart controllers store it at the end of the disk and some partition
>> tools dont use the last few MBs on disk).
And a smart controller would check and protect that area.
>> You might also have one sector you better not write any data to.
As if a ('smart') Raid controller would allow that.
>>>> Here are some details: The servers (I actually want to do this to two of them)
>>>> are Tyan Tiger 200T (S2505T) boards with Promise FastTrak100 RAID IDE
>>>> controllers. They've worked rock-solid flawlessly in RAID 1 configurations
>>>> for several years, and I want to continue to use them until I can upgrade
>>>> the boards, processors, power supplies, and memory, probably in a year or
>>>> two. I replace the drives (as preventative maintenance) each year.
>>>> For now, I want to move the IDE drives out of the inside of the cases and
>>>> into fan-ventilated I-Star BPU-230 SATA enclosures, so the drives can
>>>> be replaced when necessary without taking the cases apart . Since I'm over
>>>> 500 miles away from the servers, it's much easier for me to instruct someone
>>>> to replace a drive in a tray than inside a cage filled with cables, especially
>>>> when the case has to be pulled out and disassembled.
What about your SATAs then?
>>>> Anyway, the new controller will be a Promise TX2300 with a pair of Maxtor
>>>> 7L250S0 Maxline III 16MB 250GB (5-year, enterprise-level) drives.
>>>> I'm not a fan of Ghost, which is the only "cloning" software I've used.
>>>> I've seen it take almost a day to run, and I don't have that kind of time to
>>>> wait for it. I've put new drives into RAID arrays and watched the array
>>>> take under two hours to copy to the new disk, so you can see why I'm a
>>>> little hesitant to use software.
>>>> Thanks for any additional insight, and/or any suggestions for software
>>>> that doesn't run like it's written by Microsoft or Symantec. LOL
>> Depending on what your server does, you can make an image or backup
>> while the server runs and recreate the installation on a separate system
>> on the SATA disks and then swap them in. You need to have some sensible
>> backup procedure anysways that lets you do something close.
>> Probably the easiest approach for now is to stay with IDE and just move
>> the disks into IDE enclosures that can be removed from the front.
Probably the easiest approach for now is to ignore you completely since
you obviously have even less ex