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Hey guys, so i currently have a single 2tb samsung f4 in my server and have 2 more on the way. i was interesting in making a raid 5 array and was wondering if i could make the raid 5 with out destroying the data on the current one?

Thanks!
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Oh yea, You can easily mirror the current drive to a RAID setup

Look into Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.
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Oh yea, You can easily mirror the current drive to a RAID setup

Look into Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.
hmm thanks +rep, so bassicly i would have to use a program to do it, i just cant plug in the 2 new drives and add the older one to make a 3 drive raid 5 and still have the data
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Oh yea, You can easily mirror the current drive to a RAID setup

Look into Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.
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hmm thanks +rep, so bassicly i would have to use a program to do it, i just cant plug in the 2 new drives and add the older one to make a 3 drive raid 5 and still have the data
Er, you'd need a place to store the data first, and thus technically you'd have to destroy the data to make a new array.
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Er, you'd need a place to store the data first, and thus technically you'd have to destroy the data to make a new array.
noooo.. @_@ dont have a 1tb of free space or just have to move it to 2-3 externals *sigh* reps
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No, you would have to run a bootable Acronis/Ghost disc, create an image of the current array and store it on external media. Create a new array using all of your disks then boot to the Acronis/Ghost media and recovery the contents of the old array to the new one.
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noooo.. @_@ dont have a 1tb of free space or just have to move it to 2-3 externals *sigh* reps
If you get another drive, you could make a 3 drive array, then ghost the 2tb to the array, boot on the new array, then add that drive to the array.


**Word of caution, during array rebuilds is when problems can occur.
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