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Server 2K3 how to expand a partition with addl drive?

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Scenario:
Server 2003 SBS current configuration:-
2 x SATA 150Gb HDDs configured through BIOS as RAID1 (mirrored) making effective space of 150Gb.  this is then partitioned to 50Gb C: System and 100Gb E: Data

The E: data partition has become full and I need to add an aditional drive (200GB) to the ssyetm.  Due to the data management system it needs to see this extra space as a continuation of the E: drive.  i.e. the existing 100GB + new 200GB making an effective E: drive of 300GB

The existing disk drive is configured as 'basic'.

If I add a single 200GB drive do I have to make the E: partition into a dynamic and can I do this to just the E: partition when the system resides on the same physical drive?

Can I add 2 x 200Gb drives to the system and make them Raid 1 and then expand the E: partion on to them?

Is there something else I should be doing instead?

Thanks,
Jeff
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For a situation such as this I would suggest using partition magic.  If you want the reliability, then yes do add two drives.

Ultimately the best option would be a clean install due to the RAID configuration, though this may not be a desirable option for you.  At least this way you could use the two new drives as E: by themselves.
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All,
sorry, my bad - the motherboard (Asus P4C800-Deluxe) only supports 2xSATA drives in RAID configuration, then it will support an additional 2x SATA drives(not raid).  Therefore I am limited to just installing 1 extra drive withour RAID.  Ho hum.

Pyroman,
Thanks for the suggestion, however a claean install is not an option.
Leew,
The data management system is actually a contact management system called ACT! and it has been in use at this customer for over 3 years, therefore all the stored documents have references to the data drve E: and paths etc.  this is why I was thinking oif expanding the partition.  However, your suggestion of adding the additional drive and then simply changing the drive letter is so simple.  Don't know why I didn't think of it!
Give me a week to ten days to complete and I will update here.
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Jeff

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Thanks all for the help.

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