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Move my hdds to another computer with a raid card?

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Hi. I was woundering if i could move my hdds of 8*4 tb disks from my current computer that have 10 onboard sata connections witch 8 are used with 4 tb disks to a computer that have 6 onboard sata connections and a raidcard with 4 sata connections and the raid will be intact? Have anyone tryied it?

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I would test this first using a spare HDD and a new USB/DSM/Nanoboot disk.

 

Connect the HDD to a SATA port, boot DSM and check if it can 'see' the disk. Repeat for all the SATA ports, onboard and the add-on card

 

If they all work then you should be able to transfer the disks (but I would do a backup of your data first as well)

 

I have a mobo with 6 sata onboard and only ports 1-4 are 'seen' by Nanoboot/DSM, even though they appear in the BIOS, your 6 port board may be the same

 

good luck

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I was looking for an option to change from Intel chip based raid to adaptec based one and got an impression that it is not possible to change raid cards/chipsets for a different manufacturer. Raid cards/chipsets write metadata (each manufacturer uses its own format) to disks and different chip unlikely able to pick it up.

 

 

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Hi

 

You are right that sometimes the raid/device information is written to the disks, but I think this when a 'hardware raid' is set up.

 

I think that because DSM volumes/raid information is software based then provided the drives are visible it will 'work'

 

But but you could perhaps 'test' with a spare disk and nanoboot, creating a DSM volume using the Intel adapter, then swap the drive to the Adaptec one. If the volume appears then it *should* work :smile:

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Assuming that you only run the raid card in jbod mode, in theory it should be ok. But as others have said plug a disk into the "raid" ports and boot with a test OS first to be sure

 

 

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