I have an ICH7 family chipset with 82801GR/GH (at least, according to Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit Control Panel). I currently have two 500Gb SATA drives configured as RAID 1 and want to purchase an additional 650Gb drive to upgrade the RAID to RAID 5 (with a small 150Gb RAID 0 for the page file, temp files, etc). I would like to know if this process is painless... or if I have to build my system from scratch? i.e. When I install the third disk, can I just break the RAID 1 array and then reconfigure the three disks as RAID 5 and the controller will automatically rebuild the data? Do I need to be careful about the order of how I do the configuration? Thanks for any answers!
Couple of ways to change your RAID 1 and convert to RAID 5
1. Reset disks to non RAID then recreate everything from scratch
2. Install the latest Rapid Storage Technology software and modify volume.
Here are some steps using Storage software
- Main screen go to Manage, then click on Change type, there you can select and modify to RAID 5.
I recommend checking the storage console help for more information
If you need the latest storage console try this link http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&ProdId=2101&DwnldID=18859&lang=eng