In my previous post on the subject of computer hardware failure (When Life Gives You Lemons . . . with a Twist), I outlined a plan to install a new motherboard in my server to replace the one that I damaged. Well, a friend of mine brought up the very important question: will the data be lost on the RAID array when I plug it into another motherboard? Needless to say, I’ve been browsing the web looking for some answers to that question. And while the situation for nVidia-based RAID controllers is rather bleak (data recovery from nVRAID is not very likely), it appears that the outlook for Intel-based RAID arrays is much better. Now, I still have some additional research to do here, but this information from Intel’s website has put most of my fears at bay:
Can I move my RAID volume to another system and access the contents?
The hard drive members of a RAID volume can be moved to another system and the contents of that RAID volume can then be accessed. This may be necessary in the event of a motherboard failure. Source
And given the backwards compatibility of newer Intel ICH-equipped motherboards, I should be able to transition my RAID array from one motherboard to the next without fear of losing my data. However, given the precarious nature of the transition, I’m beginning to have second thoughts about turning the server into a Snow Leopard Server Hackintosh. That project might have to wait. But rather than just trying to purchase the same ASUS motherboard that I currently have, I decided to purchase a Gigabyte motherboard with ICH10R. It should allow me to turn my server into a Hackintosh some time in the future, if I choose to do so. Snow Leopard ran on my P35 Gigabyte motherboard that was only previously known to work with Leopard, so the board I just purchased might still be viable to run as a Hackintosh when the next iteration of Apple’s OS arrives.