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    Guys -

    I have a Windows 2000 Server that has 5 drives on it running a H/W based RAID5 configuration. The server is a HP Proliant G3 Series.

    The C: drive is running low on space, and so is D:\. The drives are configured as "dynamic" and not basic. That being the case, I have C: and D: configured as "volumes". C: is about 6GB, and D: is about 129GB.

    The server has 6 hard drive bays, and since one is empty, I am thinking of adding a 6th SCSI drive to extend the RAID array.

    My question is:

    1. What happens when I add the 6th drive. Using the RAID management utility that came along with the server, can I extend the RAID array to include the 6th drive without causing any damage to existing data?

    2. If the answer to the above question is yes, does the space get added to C: or D Can I distribute the space from the 6th drive to both C: and D

    3. Is there a tool I can use to repartition the volumes on the Server? I looked at Acronis and Partion Manager, but both of them do not support dynamic disks.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Adding disk to a dynamic volume

    Originally posted by kunz12 View Post
    1. What happens when I add the 6th drive. Using the RAID management utility that came along with the server, can I extend the RAID array to include the 6th drive without causing any damage to existing data?
    The data is synchronized with the array. It will take time to generate the parity - probably 5 or more hours on a big array.

    Originally posted by kunz12 View Post
    2. If the answer to the above question is yes, does the space get added to C: or D Can I distribute the space from the 6th drive to both C: and D
    The logical volume is extended, so the drive letter assigned to the RAID volume will increase in size.

    Originally posted by kunz12 View Post
    3. Is there a tool I can use to repartition the volumes on the Server? I looked at Acronis and Partion Manager, but both of them do not support dynamic disks.
    None that I know of will let you resize a dynamic disk.
    Andrew

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