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I've been looking at the TD230 Server to replace a 7 year old Win2000 box.  In the past we have used a Promise SmartTrak RAID controller that allows us to setup a RAID 1 [mirror] with a 3rd drive used as a hot spare.  

 

If one of the RAID drives fails, the hot spare drive is automatically switched over become part of the RAID.

 

Can I do the same thing with the Lenovo's RAID controller?

 

 

Answer

Both the built-in intel ESRT2 and discreet 9240-8i option (an LSI card) offer global hot spares.  

 

intel: http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/sb/cs-032032.htm#esrt2

LSI: http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/MegaRAIDSAS9240-8i.aspx

 

The TD230 hardware maintenance manual might also be of some assistance in finding specs:

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkservers/00683mst.pdf

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