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 Post subject: Windows Home Server, AHCI, Raid 1, and Hot-swap
 Post Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 8:41 am 
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It is my understanding that if AHCI is enabled in the BIOS, SATA hot-swapping is available.

I would like to build a minimal machine that will run WHS, with two SATA drives (RAID 1) installed in two hot-swap bays. I'm considering adding a third non-RAID-member SATA drive in another hot-swap bay for removal to off-site backup.

So my question is, if a mobo that I select has RAID capability and AHCI, will this work for what I'm wanting to do? This would mean that 1) I could replace one of the RAID 1 drives while the machine is on, if necessary, and the RAID firmware will rebuild the array and 2) I could remove the non-RAID drive while the machine is on and replace it with a prior-generation backup drive for the next backup cycle and everything would be happy.

Thank you.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Home Server, AHCI, Raid 1, and Hot-swap
 Post Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 11:14 am 
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Basically the answer is yes to all of the above questions, however the particulars may depend on exactly what motherboard, RAID chipset, RAID software, drives, etc. are involved. For more information on the Intel chipset based RAID software, see the Intel Matrix Storage Manager documentation. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Windows Home Server, AHCI, Raid 1, and Hot-swap
 Post Posted: Fri May 01, 2009 12:13 pm 
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Thank you, Scott.


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