3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2012 9:32 AM by Camelot
dermotmcirish Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All,


Iv'e got a G5 Xserve (Jan 2005) which is continually shutting down from what appears to be faulty power supply.


I've got 3 disks in a Raid 5 in it with Data totalling about 1.5Tb


Does anyone know if I could transfer the disks from this Xsere to a late 2006 Xserve without the new one wiping the RAID data? I know it can be done between a late 2006 and a early 2008, any ideas?



Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Camelot Level 8 (46,650 points)

    No, you can't.


    The RAID 5 option in the PowerPC-based XServes uses a PCI-X card. The Intel XServes use a different card, so you can't transfer the disks directly.


    You'll need to backup the data, or transfer it to the other XServe over the network.

  • dermotmcirish Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply, what about using an older Power PC Xserve or Mac Pro with a RAID card? Say a 2003? Unfortunately I can't keep the server up long enough to do anything with the data, any ideas would be most appreciated.

  • Camelot Level 8 (46,650 points)

    Unfortunately, it's not a matter of PowerPC vs. Intel, it's a matter of the RAID card that's managing the array. I've never seen anyone move an entire array intact from one controller to a different one.


    Your options really hinge around getting the XServe up. It might be better focussing on the power supply - replacements are still available from Apple.