Using RAID DVR to format multiple drives 4individual resale
I got a side job, to clean 2K hard drives (sata/ide) and also have access to Pelco servers and DVR's that are usually setup as RAID video recording units. My question is, can i setup the DVR to format multiple hard drives at once? OR: What other raid units (or multiple drive bay units) are out there, that can be used for such a task? What would i need to setup something like that? I have been using the USB to IDE/SATA cables, but it is getting annoying, to plug and unplug every single hard drive manually.
Any and all advice is welcome. I am computer savy, but this would be my first project of this magnitude with this kind of equipment.
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Download TRINITY DISC RESCUE iso , then burn it to a disc. Get all your pcs that need the same HDD setup and connect them to a router. Boot to Trinity Disc Rescue on each machine. READ the Manual it gives a very brief description of how to clone from one drive to many, its a single command
The master machine needs to boot trinity and have a special command enabled, again its just a single command. This setup will clone one pc to everything on the network which is running trinity and the special command,
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You don't actually need a IDE to SATA converter.
If you purchase a RAID 1 card, it gets hooked up to your computer via PCI or PCI-E. The RAID card will have at least two SATA ports on it - those are what you use to create your RAID. The sata port and ide port on the computer will not be used in the raid1 configuration.
If you're going to go ahead with this, I'd recommend trying to find the exact same brand and model of drive as the first one you have.
Also, keep in mind that creating a RAID 1 array requires formatting BOTH drives.
Your Optiplex 170 only has PCI ports, so this may be a viable RAID card. It is fairly inexpensive, but will do the job.
If you need any more help/advice let me know!
use this guide, this is fo the embedded sata raid controller that comes standar with the ml150 g5.
Enabling SATA RAID functionality in the BIOS Setup Utility:
1.Boot the server, and then press F10 to enter the ROM-Based Setup Utility (RBSU).
2.Go to the advanced tab.
3.Enter the IDE configuration or hard disk configuration.
4.Change the ATA/IDE configuration to enhanced or SATA controller 2 enhanced (if not available then use enabled mode).
5.Configure SATA as RAID or configure controller 1 as RAID.
6.F10 to save and exit.
7.Reboot the server.
8.During post f8 will now show up for the embedded SATA set up.
•Creating the RAID volume.
1.Enter the embedded SATA setup by pressing f8 during post.
2.Enter the array configuration utility.
3.Enter create array.
4.Create the raid volume as desired.
5.Save and exit.
The standard machine only allows SCSI, (no IDE or SATA or SAS connectors...
However SCSI drives are not cheap.. so
To overcome the power issue (you will notice there are no 4 pin molex connectors, or sata power connectors). However there is a 4 pin molex socket on the SCSI backplane. You can use one of those molex adaptor cables (one connector to many) to get power, from the molex you can use a 4 pin to SATA power connector.
Next step is to decide the drive you want to use. I personally use SCSI, SATA, SAS and IDE in mine (overkill I know).
Cheapness says use IDE or SATA. You can get a pci IDE/SATA controller card on ebay dirt cheap (PCI cards are compatible with the large PCIX slots), they dont take the entire "socket" up but they work (be carefull here, there is one 5v pci socket on these machines, and 6 pcix sockets, the pcix sockets will accept 3.3v pci cards (look at the notches).
Next you have to mount them, with a bit of jiggery pokery you can feed the IDE/SATA cables past the SCSI backplane into the hot swap bay. (If you dont have any empty caddy's pick them up off ebay), just remember you cant just pull em out like you can with the SCSI's!) - or use one of the 5 1/2 media bays.
Plud the other ends into the appropriate controller card (as installed in the PCI bus).
Load up the OS, install drivers (if needed - these should come with the pci card(s), use the disk manager to initialise/first format the drives etc.
I have done this myself running a 2600, with 2X U320 72gb SCSI (on Raid) 1 x IDE CD/DVDRW in Media bay, DAT 27 SCSI (channel B) in the second media bay. 2x 146gb SAS on a DELL SAS pcix card (in 2 of the hot swap bays) and an old 160gb IDE HDD (Funilly enough theres a bit towards the back of the two fans on the SCSI backplane that if you press the 3 1/2 drive against seems to fit perfectly in this place and stay there! (I think thats fluke to be honest).
ATA/IDE has nothing to do with SATA. Ignore. Try plugging in the drives into the non RAID sata ports on the motherboard. I think when you disable raid you also disable the raid ports. You should have another set of sata ports on the motherboard, probably a different colour.
The "Native IDE" mode causes the motherboard to "report" to the Operating System that the installed SATA drive is an IDE drive, rather than reporting "no IDE drives installed", and then requiring the Operating System to load a SATA device-driver to interface with the SATA drive.
Using RAID to "mirror" your hard-drive is a very-cool way to provide a "real-time" and "up-to-date" backup.
Should one of your drives suddenly "die", the other will continue to work, and you can buy another hard-drive, re-establish the "mirroring", and continue to work productively -- no fiddling with offline/stale backups.
turns out the RAID enable in the bios is also used to enable the SATA. but this doesn't mean you have to use RAID to use SATA drives! there's a separate bios to configure the RAID that you can access after the initial boot screen by pressing tab. here, you can delete an existing array or create a new one. deleting the array makes the motherboard see both drives separately, like I wanted. problem solved :)
It appears you have made an error with the RAID configuration. RAID 1 is mirroring and requires an EVEN number of drives unless one is a hot spare. Also, RAID 1 is for redundancy and is slower than a single drive or RAID 0. Verify your RAID configuration and make sure you have RAID 1 and not RAID 0 or RAID 5 which can be an even or odd number of drives.
This is good for you as well. It shows me & you that your board can handel 4 each DMA/ATA-133 (Ultra) IDE Hard drives/ CD/DVD drives IDE-1Primary & IDE-2 Primary Slave. Each can run 2 IDE drives. Also 4 each Serial ATA SATA's. Two separate SATA controllers with integrated PHYs, each supporting two drives in master mode. In your manual on pg.32 & 33 will help you to setup a RAID if you wish. Or you can also set the RAID to IDE which will allow you to use all your SATA hard disks as a single drive without setting up a RAID system. The site above supplies all your drivers needed & manual. If you need more help please let me know here.