Thread: RAID and Windows 2003 Server
December 15th, 2004, 03:24 PM #1
RAID and Windows 2003 Server
I had an interesting (only because I do backups) issue with Windows 2003 Server.
I wanted to replace two 40-GB drives that hold my data (the OS is also mirrored on two other disks), that are RAIDed through Windows 2003's mirroring feature, with two 160-GB drives. The server has 4 IDE channels. I added the 160GB drive to a separate channel - the one used by the CD-ROM, just so I don't fiddle with the data drives.
After rebooting, the system hung until I disconnected one of the 40GB data drives. Perhaps it coincidentally failed. Anyway, when the system came up, the remaining mirrored drive reported itself as "unallocated" space - no data. This was the type of problem RAID was supposed to avoid. Fortunately, I had backed up the data accross the network to a separate PC, so nothing was lost. If I had not, it would have been a disaster.
I think I'll abandon Windows' mirroring and look for a hardware solution.Conservatives: "If the facts disagree with our opinion, ignore the facts -- or at least misrepresent them."
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