Author Topic: Does creating a RAID set in LMCE on existing drive with media, wipe it out?  (Read 851 times)

seth

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I have just picked up a couple of 500G internal SATA drives. I currently have 1 internal 500G drive, with media on it, using the pluto structure.

My question is this, if I add 2 more 500G drives to it and create a raid 5 disk using LMCE's RAID facility, will it wipe out the data on the original disk?

I have never created a RAID set on a disk that contained data, so I figured I would ask to see if anyone here has done this or knows what the outcome would be.

The current disk has just over 400G of media on it.

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I think the trick is to build a (degraded) raid-5 out of the two empty drives, copy the stuff over and then add the third.  But I haven't been brave enough to test that myself, so all I can say for sure is the obvious: if you value your data back it up first (at least the irreplaceable stuff).  And bluntly creating the array with data already on the drives is sure to destroy it. 
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Sounds like a good idea, back up first, then attempt.

Thanks for the input.

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Can you create a RAID 1 array first and then migrate that?  That may be a bit easier to understand what's going on before trying to move your data into a RAID 5 array.

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read zearcs post again.

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