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Old 10-06-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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Question Can you move a boot drive from a motherboard SATA connector to a HBA and will it still boot?

Running Linux Mint 19. Boot SSD is directly attached to SATA port on motherboard. I have a bunch of data drives in a RAID 6 configuration with MDADM and another few in RAID 5 (MDADM).

All this is inside a Supermicro 846E16-R1200B chassis. I might be moving my boot SSD to one of the 24 hot-swap trays. Those hot-swap trays feed into a SAS2 back plane which is hooked up to my system via a cable that goes into an LSI HBA. Can I just move that boot drive into a tray without any issues or does something need to be configured first or that just isn't possible?

The HBA is in IT mode (v19 firmware). I think it's a 9207 or 9211? (If that matters.)

The reason for moving it, I want to use Raider to convert the single boot SSD into an MDADM RAID 1. I have 2 SATA power adapters I'm currently using behind the fan wall. (One for the boot SSD and the other for my cratch SSD.) I don't have enough SATA power ports for another SSD so I either need to move my boot drive into a tray OR, swap my new SSD with my scratch one and move the scratch out to the trays.

I like the idea of moving all 3 SSDs into trays but if moving a boot SSD onto a HBA isn't possible, guess the boot one will stay put and I'll just move the scratch one. (Scratch one is used for Plex caching of transcodes.)
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There is not the slightest chance that would work.
Old 10-06-2018, 08:47 PM   #3
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There is not the slightest chance that would work.
I'm starting to have my doubts as well. Because when I go into the BIOS at boot time, I don't see any of my drives attached to the HBA to pick as a boot device. Guess I'll just leave my boot drive where it is and move my scratch SSD to the HBA and replace THAT one with a new SSD that will be part of the RAID 1 to my boot drive.

This is why I asks these types of question in the Newbie forum.


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