Server: HP Proliant ML180 G6, 8GB memory, dual processor, Controller P410, 8 SAS disks @ 1TB each, Hardware Raid50 build on controller P410
I have a problem with the way the raid came up within windows disk management. Initially when setting up server with the smart start cd it asks to build the recommened RAID5+0 or Raid50 followed up by the installation of the OS on a system disk (C drive partition set up with 100GB). But now within Windows Disk Management i would like to build the extra volume/partition as an F drive of the rest of the available space. Disk Management though shows 2 seperate unallocated spaces one 1948gb and the other 3540gb. Not the usual 1 block of unallocated space to create one volume out of the the rest of the unallocated space. Also only one of the available unallocated spaces (1948gb) i am able to create a partition making it to an F drive. If you right click on the 2nd available unallocated space the option to create any sort of volume/partition. I assume volume might be hard being its hardware raid but the array configuration utility from HP does not give me the option to create an additional drive. Also we called HP and they explain that its not a hardware problem and must be something in windows why it came up in 2 sections (???). Anyway if anyone has advise on this issue I will appreciate it. I dont want to start over completely as I already did quite a few things for what this server is going to be used for. But i do need to find a way to properly create that extra partition/volume of one whole block. I am attaching a picture for the visual out of disk management. There you can see the System Disk (C Drive) and the 2 additional unallocated spaces. And on the picture i right clicked on the 2nd block with no options avail.