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Possible to increase RAID 5 capacity without Data Loss or re-installing OS?

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Is there any way I can increase capacity by taking a hard drive out and installing a larger one? And doing this to all hard drives until they have all been replaced? If so, can you please provide a step by step? I have never had to deal with any replacements of hard drives in any kind of RAID and our server is running out of space.

We have an HP DL380 running Windows 2000 SP4. It has a Smart Array 5i Embedded Controller (Version 2.80A) with 6 hard drives (18.2 GB) all running in one RAID 5 Array, with 2 partitions C:\ and D:\.  


From what I have read it sounds like it may be possible. Below are the steps I think I have to take but I would surely love if some can tell me if I am way off or what I am missing:

1. I can remove a hard drive even while the server is still up (hot)? Does it matter which in which order (Slot number)?
2. Then replace it with a larger hard drive within a couple of minutes? But not sure if the even logs will tell me that the hard drive has been fully rebuilt.
3. Repeat these steps until all hard drives have been replaced?
4. Is there anything that needs to be done on the OS or the Compaq Array Configuration Utility so I can see all the additional space?
5. Since it currently has a C: and a D: partition, can either one of those be increased or will I be forced to create a third partition?

much appreciated.
 
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