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Expanding a RAID 5 Array Without Losing Data

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I have a Dell PowerEdge server with the PERC 4e/Di RAID Controller.  I have 2 disks in a RAID-1 array for the OS, plus 4 - 73 GB drives in a RAID-5 array for data.  I've added 2 additional 73 GB drives to the RAID-5 array.  Using the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator, it reconfigured the array and after several hours of rebuilding it now reports the virtual disk as ready with a capacity of 341 GB which is correct.  However, Windows (Server 2003) still reports the original capacity of 204 GB.  Do I still need to "ititialize" the new array to make all the drive space available?  I know that doing so will wipe out my existing data.

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Rich B.
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Alan HardistyCo-Owner
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What are you looking at within Windows that advises you the array is still 204Gb?
If you are using Disk Manager, then something is missing, if Windows Explorer, then that is the reason.
In Disk Manager, you should see the additional space, to which you can expand your last volumes into or create a new volume.
DO NOT INITIALISE THE ARRAY.
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Please refer to this previous EE article for more info:
https://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Misc/Q_21800843.html 
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Thanks again for all the help.  Windows now recognizes all the available space and I didn't need to blow away the original array, backup or restore any of my original data!
Thanks again!
Rich B.
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One for my Bookmarks Gary - nice answer.
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