E200i RAID controller Array Expansion

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Hi Guys,

I have a HP ML350G5 Server with a E200i RAID controller & 4 x disks in RAID5.

I've added another disk to the server, run the HP array configuration utility & expanded the array to take advantage of the additional storage.

I did believe that this would expand my array with the additional space but in Disk Manager it is being displayed as unallocated space.

Is there a way of merging the partition & unallocated space or do I need to use a 3rd party application?

Many thanks in advance.
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What you have seen is perfectly normal - you need to extend the windows partition

What OS have you got installed on the server?

Some versions of Windows will allow you to extend the partitions.

From a command prompt, type in DISKPART.

From there you can use the EXTEND command to extend the partition.

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Hi Jake, Its Windows Server 2003. Many thanks for the feedback.
2003 or 2003 R2?  Not that it would make any difference.  

If the additional space needs to be added to the C:\ drive then you will need to do it from a boot disk.  If it's any other drive than the OS drive, you don't need to do it from a boot disk.

You will need to select the disk, then the partition before running the extend command.
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Awesome thanks Jake, will give it a go tomorrow.
make sure you take the obvious precautions...as in backups etc :)

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Many thanks all!

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