Software :: Add The New Hard Drive And RAID Later - Or Reformat?

Mar 16, 2011

I am on Ubuntu 10.10.I installed it on a 500 gig hard drive.In the future i want to software RAID(I did it in the past using the alternate version of ubuntu from the installation process), is it possible to add the new hard drive later and RAID later or i need to reformat?I am talking about software RAID.

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Ideally I'd like to just wipe out the non /home partition, as it's got data I'd like to keep.

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or

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I lose the hot spare (configured on /dev/sdc) because it mounts the USB hard drive there.

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