Upgrade a R710 with SAS 6/ir with a PERC

I have a situation to come and advice/suggestions would be appreciated...

I have a R710 with 6 x 3.5 inches disks chassis and populated with 6 disks (2 x 136GB and 4 x 300 GB) SAS
The server was poorly specified before buying and bought with a SAS6/ir controller

The server is an Exchange area.
Operating system is on C:, which is a RAID-1 using the 2 x 136 GB SAS drives
Data on D: which is a RAID 1 using 2 of the 300 GB drives
The other 2 players are sitting doing nothing as the SAS 6/ir can support 2 virtual disks and only RAID 0 or RAID-1

The problem is the volume of data is closer to capacity and I really need to use the replacement disks.
After reviewing several options, it seems to me that the only viable solution is to get a PERC H700 and import foreign VDs but I read that import a SAS 6/ir VD containing a Windows operating system in a PERC H700 is not possible/supported.
I believe important to the volume of data would be ok and then I could use RAID level migration and online capacity expansion to add replacement discs and convert RAID-1, RAID-5, air-conditioned and with minimal downtime.

If importing an OS disk is a non-runner, is a server to rebuild the only option or miss me something?
For example, can I run a SAS 6/ir beside a H700 leaving the BONES on the SAS 6/ir and leaving the H700 handle data?  If so, how it works in what concerns the installation of the additional card in elevators and wiring to the speakers?

As I said, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


"BSOD with the STOP 7b junior Boot Device."

This is because they use different drivers and the drivers loaded in Windows for the 6/iR do not talk to the H700.

What you might try is to boot to Windows on the SAS6/iR, with the H700 inserted (but not connected to anything), let Windows detect the device to load the drivers for it, then try to readers the PERC.

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