Help with partition management or RAID 5 array setup?
Posted on 2005-04-18
Parition management / RAID5 array on PDC?
We have a PDC with Windows 2000 installed. The server has a system drive, split into 2 partitions (C: & D:), and one more drive (designated F:). Both drives are identical size/model (FUJITSU MAJ3364MP SCSI). Now, when the server was set-up, the person who did it, made the C: volume pretty small (8GB) and we are now running VERY low on space on this volume (for applications etc). Therefore I need some advice / recommendations:
Is it possible to 'extend' the partition size of C:, with 3rd party partition software ..if so, is this relatively safe and straightforward, as long as backup's are done etc?
As an alternative, would you recommend 'merging' (if possible) both C: & D: so that I just have C:, thereby making it 'easier' to setup a mirror-set or RAID 5 with additional (identical) drives?
Is it possible to move/migrate the data (from volumes C: & D:...ie. first physical drive) to another (larger) drive, and then setup my mirror-set or RAID 5 array with additional identical drives? How could I achieve this?...is it feasible?
In short, I want the easiest (doesn't matter about cost) way to have more space to play with (future proof) and introduce fault-tolerance for the hard drives. Any help would be very much appreciated?
Note: both drives are 36GB capacity each.
Thanks a lot guys - Much appreciated