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JayCH99
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Raid 5 in 4300 Power Edge fails often when booting - want to migrate array to a desktop

We have a Dell Power Edge 4300 that is old and failing, and since I want to retrieve a few rolodex -non critical by desirious - files I would love to move the array onto a desktop perhaps with a USB drive, and copy them off. Will that work? will the drivers installed in the SCSI array stop me from doing this?

 

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theflash1932
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Re: Raid 5 in 4300 Power Edge fails often when booting - want to migrate array to a desktop

Yes, if you are talking about "cloning" your OS from the drives/array in the 4300 to flash drive, then to a drive in another computer, it will very likely not even boot.  I might suggest looking into options to convert your 4300 OS to a virtual machine, then running it inside of Hyper-V, VMWare, etc. ... or just copy the important data and rebuild the OS on another machine (I know ... sometimes that's easier said than done, if the important data is the settings/configurations within your OS/programs).

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JayCH99
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Re: Raid 5 in 4300 Power Edge fails often when booting - want to migrate array to a desktop

Actually, I didn't want to go that far - just have the array wake once in a desktop built just for that purpose, with a USB drive mounted as a data drive only, and transfer some db files from that array to the USB - the USB doesn't have to boot, nor does the array have to boot again. I would then put that USB, again mounted only as a data drive in my xp workstation and be able to access the files that I care about. -Jay

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theflash1932
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Re: Raid 5 in 4300 Power Edge fails often when booting - want to migrate array to a desktop

So, you are planning to put the RAID card into a desktop?  How then will you power the drives - leave them powered inside the server?

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