Extending Windows 2000 Server Raid Array Partition
Posted on 2004-04-17
Currently on my HP/Compaq server I am running Windows 2000 server with all of the latest service packs. I have a RAID 5 array with 3 18.2GB SCSI drives and have just added a 4th drive.
Under my disk management the 3 drives look like one disk (currently set as basic) and I now have 18.2GB section available to format and use as well. I would like to extend my current partition to incorporate the extra 18.2GB.
It is my understanding that I have to convert my BASIC disks to DYNAMIC and then I will be able to extend the existing drive space and absorb the extra 18.2GB now available on my array. I have looked through some of the other posts on this topic but cannot find anything specific on some of the questions I have below...
My questions are:
1. Is this correct? (Once converted to DYNAMIC will I be able to extend the current partition).
2. Does anyone have a guess as to how long the BASIC to DYNAMIC conversion will take? I have never converted before so do not know.
3. Will the conversion from BASIC to DYANMIC affect system performance and/or function? This is a basic server that serves as a file and print machine.
4. I am open to suggestions on the best way to do this if the DYNAMIC disk route is not the best way to go (i.e. Partition Magic, other utilities, etc.).
5. Once converted to DYNAMIC what is the best way or procedure to extend the array partition? Can I use the “diskpart” command in Windows 2000 server? Is it an MMC plug-in, etc?
I know that this question is pretty involved so I am assigning a 500 point value. Thank you for everyone’s time and help.