New to RAID: Need to Repartition RAID5 for Win03 OS
Posted on 2005-04-15
I'm very new to RAID configurations and have a new client whom I've just upgraded to Win Server 2003 from NT4. Problem is that the NT4 partition was only 2GB on the HD. With my full installation of Server03 (AD, PDC, DNS, DHCP), I only have about 350 MB of HD space left on the OS partition. I still have to install server AV solution and some other software. I really need to rebuild the HD and get the partitions set the way I want them.
The server has 3 20GB SCSI's with RAID5 and LSI hardware controller. The data partition has mission critical data and cannot be wiped out without some sort of RELIABLE backup.
My question is this: What is the best possible way for me to backup my existing data from the data parition AND then reformat/repartition the primary HD?
In a RAID config, when I wipe out the primary, do all the drives get erased as well?
I need a good plan and don't really have one at this point.