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Managing Partitions on a Virtual Disk

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2600 with an array of six disks partitioned into 3 volumes.  I added the 6th disk to the array today and want to allocate the space among the three existing partitions.  The standars "extpart" program provided by Dell is not working - does anyone know of a good solution?  I would prefer to not purchase an expensive program, but I am willing to if it is the only solution.

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What is your OS? Are the current disks in a RAID? Which RAID version?

Thanx.
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Rindi,

I'm running Windows 2000 Server, the disks are in a RAID 5 setup on a PERC 4di controller.
mventurini:

I'm not an expert in this case, but I always thought that you couldn't increase the size of a raid array (no matter the level) without breaking it and re-creating it?  I know you can add a drive as a hotspare, but I think size increments are impossible.

You might only get away with ghosting your volumes onto an alternate network share and recreating your raid set with the additional disk.

If what I said is baloney, and you've already added the disk to the hardware raid successfully, and you want to distribute your unallocated space between your already existing three volumes, you might find luck with partition magic.  You'd have to do it in steps, moving the last volume to the end of the "drive", expanding it, moving the middle volume to butt up against the last volume, expanding it, and finally expanding the first volume to fill the empty space.  Lots of rebooting.  Ghosting off and on is probably faster...

Good luck.
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