I am currently running a RAID 5 System with 4 drives in an internal Icy Dock bay connected by SATA cables to a Promise EX8350 8 port RAID controller. I need to connect 2 more sets of 4 RAID drives totaling 12 RAID Drives. All the drives have information that I need to access at once so I need to access the 12 drives but only have 8 ports on the controller. Is this possible to upgrade the RAID controller to a 12 port controller? Will adding more drives to a RAID controller confuse the RAID or re-write any information?
Thanks in advance!
Correct, 3 arrays of 4 drives each. I am mixing a band that recorded their show on a system that had the RAID setup of 4 drives, they changed the drives after every show, they recorded 3 shows and I need to access all the shows to mix the album. I don't want to copy all the files to a drive, it does not sound good!
I just found a Promise 12 port RAID controller online which is the same brand as the original card. If I take out the 8 port and put in the 12 port, do you think I will see all the drives? I will make a backup of the files in case I lose everything! A copy of the files is better than no files at all, even if they do not sound as good!
I agree, they went way overboard and created this hassle.