Moving DASD and Controller to a New Machine

Is it possible to move a DASD cage and its associated RAID-5 controller to a different machine? This is to be a move of the hardware, not just the data. TIA

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If the server is the same brand, it should be OK. You don’t really need to move the backplane – just the drives and controller. If you are trying to mount the physical cage into a new box, you may not have success. In this case, you may be better off doing a data migration.

If you can move the drives:
1. back up your data TWICE
2. make sure you have a backuut plan
3. back up your data TWICE
4. If you are using Windows, you may have problems with the new motherboard resouces if the servers are drastically different.

good luck!

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  • HowieK
    OOPS! I forgot to mention that I was talking about AS/400 systems ... I apologize.
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  • Argos34
    If you talking Iseries, as a hardware dealer I get asked this question all the time. You can move the controller in some cases, depending on your machine type, OS level and particular model of machine. newer I5 boxes will not support older drives or controllers(except for the 2749 magnetic media controller) and only certan older as400's will support the newer 15K rpm droves, with a controller swap. Your best bet on this would be to check with your IBM CE and he will be able to tell you what will and won't work. Hope this helps.
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  • GreenMilo
    We have just been doing some of this. We had an old AS/400 (9404-530) with attached Optical DASD 3995-A43 and 3995-C42. The new machine is an iSeries model 520 (9406-520) and the old A43 is incompatible and migrated to the role of door stop. The C43 can still be used but it required the addition of a PCI Ultra mag media controller card (2749). This are not magnetic disk drives that I suspect you were trying to move but the 2749 would support other DASD types so I thought you might want this info.
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  • Crazygoofus
    You can move the DASD and the controller to a new system fi it supports the DASD and controller....
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