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Adding a new SAS drive without rebooting the server?

I have a windows 2003 std server that is out of space.  I need to install an additional SAS drive and create a new volume for logs.  This is a webserver and can not go down as it is part of our production network.  How can I go about doing this if possible? This box can not be rebooted until at least next Sunday night.
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Ted BouskillSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
Nope.  You will have to reboot.  I'd consider two boxes with NLB setup.  If it's production it's worth the cost because you can upgrade one box, then the other without downtime for the customers.
Pétur Ingi EgilssonSoftware Engineer -- ConsultantCommented:
I know a very ugly workaround.. till you can reboot
Use an external USB drive till you can plug in the new SAS disk.
PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
What kind of hardware are you using?  If you are using Server class hardware with a raid controller that supports hot swap you can definitely add the disk hot with no reboot.  Machines like HP DL360 or DL380, etc.  Dell PE1900, 1950, 2950, etc IBM x360 with the related RAID controllers should all support that.
PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
Just noticed that you have a Dell 1950 listed in your TAG.

If you have a free drive bay and are using the a PERC5 RAID controller just plug the new disk into the server and load Dell Server Administrator and add the new disk.  Once that is done, the OS will then detect it and you can configure it with Disk Administrator as you see fit.  All without a reboot.
instaITAuthor Commented:
I'll have to look at it.  I'm not sure if there if this box has the PERC 5 controler.  Normally I order all the poweredge's with that controller, but this was put in before I started here.  Thanks!  I'll have to look into it.
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