ServeRAID-5i - How do I create ONE logical drive from 6 physical drives?
Posted on 2009-05-14
I have an IBM xSeries 345 Type 8670 Server with a ServRAID-5i Ultra320 SCSI Controller. I literally ran out of space on C:\ and had lots of space on D:\ for all my data. After backing up only the data files and moving them to another server, I decided to format. Need to get it back up and running, but ran into a problem. (Let me add... I would like to not have 2 drive letters this time.... want just one large c: drive)
I started out with the ServerGuide6.1.3 Setup and Installation CD, ran through the wizard, Express Config for RAID which created... 1 Logical Drive, RAID level 5, Array A, Hot Spare Yes, only 1 controller. Express Config did see my 6 physical drives, took 5 added them together and took 1 for hot spare drive so I excepted the way it looked and made no changes. Applied, removed CD, put in my Windows 2003 Server CD, was looking good until it asked me where I wanted to install with one option being C:\ 55MB free space ... Ouch! Not what I expected.
I plan to try again, but not comfortable using RAID and not sure why my one drive came out so small.
I want all space usable and one logical drive of C:\
Can you please help me to get one large C:\ drive?