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Moving a RAID Volume to a Different System


Last Reviewed: 27-Jun-2017
Article ID: 000006338

Why would I need to move a RAID volume to a different system?
You can move hard drive members of a RAID volume to another system, and you can then access the data on that RAID volume. This data access may be necessary in the event of a motherboard failure.

What are the requirements for this kind of move?
The new system must support the following:

  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (RAID driver)
  • The same type of RAID volume

As an example, you should not move a RAID 5 volume to a system with the Intel® 82801ER I/O Controller Hub 5R (ICH5R) because ICH5R does not support RAID 5.

How do I access the volume data?
If the new system includes a different I/O controller than the one on which the RAID volume was created, you should not attempt to boot to the RAID volume. You should boot to an operating system on another non-RAID hard drive or RAID volume. You can then access the contents of the original RAID volume.

For example, if you move a bootable RAID 0 volume created on a system with ICH5R to a system with the Intel® 82801GR I/O Controller Hub 7R (ICH7R), do not boot to the RAID 0 volume. Instead, install an operating system on a non-RAID hard drive or a new RAID volume and access the contents of the original RAID 0 volume from within that operating system.

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