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Add another Drive to my RAID 5 config.

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whats up all. So I have a Dell poweredge server here with Raid 0 "Two 36gig SCSI running the OS/apps"
and a RAID 5 with Three 73GB 10k ultra 320 SCSI working as our storage.  Question is- If I wanted to add another HD to the RAID 5 is it simple as just adding the 4th HD in or is there some configuration involved here.  If anyone out there has done this please let me know. Thanks
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You can add one, dell has a specific application to do that automaticly, but you have to call their support to get it because they don't provide it on their website. And they tell you they are not responsible if it doesnt work..

I did it with no problem at all btw..
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Of course they are not repsonsible. hehe.  So you did this exact same thing with a poweredge? im sure it should be a simple thing, but I just get nervous with all our data on there. But hey thats what backups are for right.
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Right :) Yes, I did it with a 3 drive Raid 5 array.. added a 4th one.. it was with a dell poweredge 2600.
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Now where talking my man. Thats what I have here. Cool. Thanks for the quick reply as well. Now I can go hit the boss up to see if he will let me by the new HD. heh  I guess I will have to go and call Dell support as well. Thanks again. Take care
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Start by calling their support.. takes a while sometimes to get an awnser from them..
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Hey one more ?  So you used this EXT PART tool Dell gave you? Guy was saying there is a fifty fifty chance.  Yours went smoothly though right.
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Yes, mine worked, but the guy told me the same thing.. Maybe I was lucky..and my server was not in real production when I did that.. they provided you with the software? they told you 50/50% work/not work? They never told me that.. they only told me they were not responsible for the result..

It's your call :)
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True. They told me they werent repsonsible as well.  How much data did you have when you did it?
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Normal Windows 2000 Server with exchange server 2000 on top, and a store of about 9 Gb..
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