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Does the ThinkStation D20 have to be ordered as RAID configuration to support RAID in the future?

Question

Does the Thinkstation D20 need to have its RAID "configured by Lenovo", i.e. when originally purchased? Will I have to buy all five drives in the arrays I want if I want to add drives and configure RAID in the future ?

Answer

The D20 comes equipped with the Marvell RAID controller integrated with the board. Hence, the system is RAID capable (both SATA and SAS), even with factory settings, regardless of whether you had actually ordered the system in a RAID configuration. Do note that if you had initially ordered your machine in a non-RAID configuration and intend to move to a RAID configuration in future, you are going to have to do some image migration and are likely to have to do some rebuilding as well.

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