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I have a server that has a raid 5 configuration and I want to upgrade the hard drives wihtout loosing any data or settings? any ideas

I have a server that has a raid 5 configuration and I want to upgrade the hard drives without loosing any data or settings? any ideas
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Does it matter which drive I remove first?
It does not matter, but I would remove the last one first.
Simply replacing the hard drives one at a time with larger ones, may not work.  Most RAID controllers will perform a rebuild, but very few (if any) will detect that all of the drives have now been replaced and then expand the volume to use the new size.   So, it will be a second step to extend the RAID.   But that's just the "raw" disk... you still have to expand the NTFS volume.

Newer (and expensive) RAID controllers will allow you to expand a RAID and simultaneously extend the NTFS volume.   However, they also highy recommend you preform a complete backup first.

So, to answer your question better, we'll need to know a bit more about the hardware you've got
you will more than likely need to use diskpart to extend the partion. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/325590
But as stated above, make sure you have good backups and read up on all the hardware & utilities.
Even if I make a back up, how would I go about restoring the data in the case of failure? Which disk would I restore the image to?
The backup doesn't know anything about your RAID configuration.... to the operating system, the RAID appears as just one big disk.   So that means the restore operation will automatically write to all of the disks in the RAID (without you having to tell it anything)