I have a server on a Raid 5 with 3 146GB drives (in the 1st 3 slots)and 1 hot spare in slot 4.
We're running out of server space and purchased another 146GB Drive.
I believe the HP's windows Raid Utility allows me to expand the RAID while online.
Here are two avenues that I'm contemplating---please let me know which one works better and more importantly---are there any flaws in the game plan.....add any tips you can for it.
quick question: (do I need to shut the server down to add the drive as its supposed to be hotswapable, or can I just insert it while its online. And, how long does the expansion process take--approximately?
IF do-able, I can use the HP's windows Raid utility to go through the expansion wizard. If it allows me--I choose the hotspare for use as the expandable drive. This way I don't have to bring the server down during the day. After the expansion, I can bring the server down briefly, add the new drive in slot 5, and configure it as a hotspare.
I shut down the server, add the new drive in slot 5. Bring the server back online.
Run through the utility wizard to use the drive in slot 5 for expansion.