Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

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Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

Postby stevec » Sat May 08, 2021 13:04

Hi Everyone

I have a new TX1330 M4, but could only get hold of one 2Gb SATA disk. The intention is to have a RAID 1 mirror, but I can't build the RAID until I can get hold of a second drive (it's on backorder) and I want to get on with setting up the server (Windows Server 2019 Std).

Can I set up with a single drive and then add a second drive for the RAID 1 mirror when I get hold of one without having to wipe the installation?

Thanks, Steve

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Re: Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

Postby Ask Fujitsu » Mon May 10, 2021 11:03

Hello Steve :D

To build RAID1 array from scratch you always need two drives. There is no possibility to build RAID1 using only one drive.

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Re: Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

Postby stevec » Mon May 10, 2021 12:59

Thanks for the reply

Yes, I am aware that you need two disks minimum for RAID 1.

The system currently has one SATA 2Tb Hot Plug 3.5" disk configured as RAID 0.

I want to add a second SATA disk and convert the single RAID 0 disk to dual disk mirrored RAID 1 without having to wipe the existing disk which now has Windows 2019 Standard installed.

In other words, add the second disk and have the RAID software mirror the first disk to the second disk during the process of creating the RAID 1 array.

The machine is the basic model with the built-in RAID for SATA only. I haven't added any of the optional alternative RAID modules.

Will the RAID firmware/software on this model do this?

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Re: Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

Postby Ask Fujitsu » Tue May 11, 2021 15:01

Steve,

Onboard software raid controller don't support raid array migration.

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Re: Migrate TX1330 M4 Single SATA Disk to Raid 1

Postby stevec » Tue May 11, 2021 18:51

Hi

Thanks for your help with this.

I've now received a second drive and plugged it in. I can see you are correct that there is no option to migrate from RAID 0 to RAID 1, either in the Fujitsu RAID Manager software or the LSI RAID Configurator firmware.

I have now set up a virtual drive with RAID 1 using drives in slots 1 and 2.

I am still awaiting a further two drives, with the intention to set up a second RAID 1 virtual drive.

Can you confirm that I can add these two drives and create a second RAID 1 virtual drive without disturbing the first RAID 1 virtual drive?

The final configuration would be

Slot 1 + Slot 2 = Virtual Drive 1 (RAID Type = 1) (Existing)
Slot 3 + Slot 4 = Virtual Drive 2 (RAID Type = 1) (New)

Thanks again

Steve


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