Upgrading hardware RAID5 disks to Dynamic disks
Posted on 2007-07-24
I've got a question about increasing my diskspace with a combination of a hardware Raid5 and Microsoft Dynamic Disk possibilities.
At this moment in my HP ML350 server I have a Raid 5 setup with 3 SCSI disks of 18.2 GB for c: which makes a total of 32GB. The Raid is setup at the boot menu with the HP Smart Array util. At this moment, my harddisks are running to it's near capacity so i'm thinking of expanding the disks with a new harddisk. I've bought one 147GB Harddisk also SCSI and made this one Dynamical under Windows 2003 Server. Works fine. But to expand the capacity on my C: drive I was thinking of of connecting them with the option to Add additional diskspace.
In order to archive this, I would have to upgrade the RAID5 disk, shown in the Computer Management as C: (just one drive) to also a Dynamic drive. Can i expect any complications when performing this action since the harddrives are connected with the Smart Array device which basically configures these drives?
When i click "convert to dynamical disk" it states that it will convert. However, i'm having a uncertain feeling about it so i'm scared to dead to press the continue button... Anyone got experience with this one?