Moving a RAID Volume to a Different System

Last Reviewed: 24-Feb-2017
Article ID: 000006338

Hard drive members of a RAID volume can be moved to another system, and the data on that RAID volume can then be accessed. This may be necessary in the event of a motherboard failure.


The new system must support the following:

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

As an example, a RAID 5 volume should not be moved to a system with the Intel® 82801ER I/O controller hub (ICH5R) because ICH5R does not support RAID 5.

How to 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 (ICH7R), you should 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.