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Hi all. Right now I have one drive for the OS and programs and another one for storing music/movies/pictures/crap. If I get a matching storage drive and set up a raid 1 array for it with my mobo's onboard raid controller, will I have problems if I change motherboards sometime in the future?
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  1. That's one of those "it depends" issues. For any RAID level other than one, I would say "Yes, you will." But many people on these forums have succeeded in booting from an orphaned RAID1 disk. I haven't seen anything about moving an intact pair.

    So. "It depends." It will probably work. Don't count on it. If you have a good backup when you change motherboards, it won't matter anyway.
  2. WyomingKnott said:
    That's one of those "it depends" issues. For any RAID level other than one, I would say "Yes, you will." But many people on these forums have succeeded in booting from an orphaned RAID1 disk. I haven't seen anything about moving an intact pair.

    So. "It depends." It will probably work. Don't count on it. If you have a good backup when you change motherboards, it won't matter anyway.


    Even if I can't move the pair, I ought to be able to move over one drive and rebuild the second one right?
  3. I'm going to qualify that with a "Probably, we've seen it work several times" and suggest that you do a backup to an external drive before changing mobos, just for safety's sake. You don't really know until you've tried it with the specific hardware in question.
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    Unless you get an identical motherboard, the best answer you will get is "probably".

    Other than that, you can purchase a RAID PCIe card and as long as it has drivers for the OS's you will want to use it on, it will be transferable.
  5. Hawkeye22 said:
    Unless you get an identical motherboard, the best answer you will get is "probably".

    Other than that, you can purchase a RAID PCIe card and as long as it has drivers for the OS's you will want to use it on, it will be transferable.


    This is actually what I thought I'd have to do. Thanks guys.
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