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Ugrade of DL380 G4 Server HDD Raid Array 36GB --->146GB Required

Server: HP Compaq DL380 G4
Current HDD Size: 36GB 15K RPM
No of Drives in Server: 5
The DL380 G4 is set-up with 5 hard disks with the first two configured for the OS (C drive, Win 2003) {RAID 1+0 - Drive Mirroring} and the remaining 3 as RAID 5 (Drive E:).
Problem:
The first array C drive is running extremely low on Hard disk space i.e it only has 255MB left.

Solution Required:
To upgrade the current drives to bigger 146GB drives

HP - Hard drive - 146.8 GB - hot-swap - 3.5" - Ultra320 SCSI -15000 rpm.


I do have a spare Machine of the same make and model i.e HP DL380 G4 and a copy of Acronis Echo .

I need to know how best to install the new HDD and build the Raid Array and and copy the current hard disk Raid images (C drive Raid 1+0 & E drive Raid 5) to the Server with 146GB HDD.

Your help is very much appreciated

thank you
Lam Van lee

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  • lamvanlee Jul 25, 2008

    Dear Sirs,

    My machine is a HP Compaq DL380 G4 machine hence the Raid is different from the one you mentioned.

    It is in fact a HP Smart Array Controller (U320 SCSI RAID)

    What is the easiest and safest way to upgrade the hard drives 36GB---> to 146GB

    please advise of a solution

    thank you

    Lam vanlee

  • lamvanlee Jul 25, 2008

    Problem Questions:
    1. How do I upgrade c drive (2 HDD) Raid 1+0 Drives 36GB to ---> to 146GB Hard drives?
    2. How do I upgrade E drive (3 HDD)Raid 5 Drives 36GB to ---> to 146GB Hard drives?

    Summary of Server Hardware & Configuration

    My Hardware is:
    Server: HP Compaq DL380 G4
    Current HDD Size: 36GB 15K RPM
    No. of Drives in the Server: 5

    The DL380 G4 is set-up with 5 hard disks with the first two configured for the OS (C drive, Win 2003) {RAID 1+0 - Drive Mirroring} and the remaining 3 as RAID 5 (Drive E:).

    Problem:
    The first array C drive is running extremely low on Hard disk space i.e it only has 255MB left.

    Solution Required:
    To upgrade the current drives to bigger 146GB drives (so it reflects the same raid array setting though with bigger hard drives)

    My new drives are:
    HP - Hard drive - 146.8 GB - hot-swap - 3.5" - Ultra320 SCSI -15000 rpm.
    I have bought 6 x of these.

    I do have a spare Machine of the same make and model i.e HP DL380 G4 and a copy of Acronis Echo .

    I need to know how best to install the new HDD and build the Raid Array and copy the current hard disk Raid images (C drive Raid 1+0 & E drive Raid 5) to the Server with 146GB HDD.

    Your help is very much appreciated

    thank you
    Lam Van lee

  • lamvanlee Jul 25, 2008

    ginko

    kindly note this is a SCSI Server server and has Raid implemtation.

    5 x 36GB U320
    SCSI Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are installed
    they are configured as follows:

    The DL380 G4 is set-up with 5 hard
    disks with the first two configured for the OS (C drive, Win 2003) {RAID 1+0 - Drive
    Mirroring} and the remaining 3 as RAID 5
    (Drive E:).


    I need a solution that allows me to upgrade the drives keeping the data intact as well as the Raid array.

    please help!

    thank you

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  • lamvanlee Jul 25, 2008

    Ginko, thanks for your support ,appreciated.



    Please tell me how I may image the SCSI hard drives since they are not ATA or SATA which can easily be connected via USB.


    SCSI is a different story and I have no idea as how to image these drives as i do not have a physical SCSI---> to USB tool.



    I do however have Acronis for imaging which is very much like Ghost (though much better)



    Your prompt help is much appreciated



    thank you very much

    LVL



  • lamvanlee Jul 25, 2008

    Thank you for your comments , I am fully compent with Acronis ( I have used ot for 3+ years for backing up Cloning images of ATA/SATA /SCSI to USB HDD drives mostly XP Pro & Windows 2003 Server)

    Though I am not comfortable with SCSI Raid Arrays. I feel very very nervous about it to be honest. I know I can use my SATA /ATA connector to USB to Backup & Restore. though I am not aware of any such kit available for SCSI to USB i.e for taking out the SCSI 36GB drives and imaging them and then restooring the image to the bigger HDD in this case the 146GB.

    Regarding your eariler comment about taking out the 2nd Raid 1+0 Drive and inserting the bigger 146GB drive. How will the raid array recnoiish this? will it not just try to mirror first 36GB drive to the newly inserted drive i.e 146GB? Sorry i do not follow, kindly explain, thank you.

    Also thank you very much for the HP links, there appears to be expired, kindly forward the more recent /relevent ones please


    many thanks for your kind help

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Try to look at this Guide & Manual on "HOW TO"

Just let me know..

Hope my initial idea/info helps you..

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Do a ghost on the first hard drive install ghost on new hard drive and replace, I can provide more details on procedure just ask

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  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 25, 2008

    Check if you are usinc SCSI hard drives or ATA copy the whole image from master hard drive (36GB?!) into one of the other raid drives, I understood you have a 150 GB.

    Replace one of the hard disk with an empty 120 GB or more.
    Install the image from old primary HD on new hard disk, this will delete all files in new hard disk.
    Set new hard disk as boot disk in boot sequence in bios.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 25, 2008

    Roughly you do the same, you save image from your boot disk, replace one of the other disks, on restart you probably get error invalid disk array configuration, to fix it re-configure array using array configuration utilty.
    Here you can download the software.
    Once the new disk is in Array, restore image on new disk and change boot options to use new disk as boot disk.



  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 25, 2008

    If you have first two disks already mirrored,( ensure), then you can replace one of the two at time, set the new disk in array, copy image from the old disk and then replace the second disk.
    If you are mirroring them you will need to have the two hard disks of same size, thene ventually you replace the second one, configure array and check if mirroring need to be reconfigured.


  • Ginko
    Ginko Jul 25, 2008

    Well, Acronis works the same on SCSI hard drives, providing that you have the full version, you can copy from scsi to scsi, and I think also that it works from scsi to usb. Just backup the disk on one of the raid disksor on us.
    From Acronis website:
    "Also, you can clone from one manufacturer's drive to another; from USB to IDE; from SATA to IDE; from SCSI to PC CARD or IEEE 1394 (Firewire); or any combination thereof. "
    I will see if I can find detailed instructions.

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