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How can I prepare for adding a hdd in the future without having to re-format RAID set(native win 2003 server tools)?

I want to build my server (win 2003 R2) using native OS RAID software using three disks in Raid5. Can dynamic disks allow me to later add in another drive to the raid set without blowing it away?
If so, what are the general requirements and steps?
Downtime is fine, I just want the space to grow in the future without having to take the data off, re-do a raid set with more drives, and then restore the data.
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NAORCCommented:
I use Dell servers where i work, and the openmanage software gives an option to install the extra drive without even needing a reboot.

Also, Most array managers give this option, as does the bios on our HP servers.

Im not sure what type of raid and what server you are running, but if you contact your servers manufacturer, they should be able to tell you.  As for preperations in windows server - there are none.
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smisupportAuthor Commented:
This will be a low-budget server.... Basically a PC with Win2003 server installed with a boot/system hdd and 3 other drives configured for software RAID with Win2003. No other third part tools available.
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NAORCCommented:
what is the make of your riad controller?
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smisupportAuthor Commented:
No raid controller. This is for a software raid implementation through windows 2003's disk manager.
Raid on the cheap. No additonal hardware or software.
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Redwulf__53Commented:
In that case, you cannot extend the RAID set without data loss. You can extend the logical partition with partitions on additional disks, but those disks will not participate in the same RAID set (but can be another RAID set). That explains why a good RAID controller is not cheap.
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NAORCCommented:
from what i can tell, you'll have to start raid from scratch.. sorry
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