lammert - 3:17 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Plugging drives out of the production server and plugging them in the development server implies that you need at least the same type of hardware. But even then, most RAID controllers store information like serial numbers or cached data of connected drives in their memory, and a disk swap may be well detected as a hardware failure and trigger a reprovisioning of that disk. In your situation temporarily mounting one disk into the directory of the other server over the network may be a saver way to solve your issue. It is also more flexible as you can work at different versions of your application in different directories at the same time, and switch from one to another version on your development or production server by just changing the mounting point.