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Increase Storage Capacity of HP ML 350 G6 Server Running SBS 2008

I am trying to expand the storage on my hp proliant ml 350 G6 server. I had 4 150 GB hp drives in a RAID 5 with only 47 GB left of 410. I purchased 4 more of the exact same hp drives to expand storage.

I was under the impression by the hp rep that I could install those drives, add them to the array and increase the overall storage capacity.

I have the Smart array P410i controler. Using the array configuration utility from hp I have  installed the 4 additional drives and added them to the array. Using the extend array command that appeared once the drives were physically inserted. After i'd done that I extended the logical drive from 410 to 956 thinking that would do it. It now shows logical drive 1 as 956 GB however I can't see it as usable space anywhere else  outside the array configuration utility.
The only discrepency I see is the Disk Partition Information still says size: 410. I'm including a screen shoot as well as the acu report. ADUReport.txt User generated image
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The array will take some time to extend the information across the new drives.  It won't happen immediately as the new drives need to have data written to them.

Be patient - and after several hours (depends on the speed of your server etc), when then expansion has completed, you will see the free space within windows.
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I was under the impression that the process had completed. Do you know if there is a definitive way to check and see if it is currently still in the process? Or did you gather that information from the file and or screenshot?
The HP RAID Array Configuration Utility should show you the state of the Array.

What does Disk Management show?
The process for expanding the array is to add the drives, extend the array to use the drives, then to expand the array, then the space should show up.  You may need to expand the array to be able to use the extra space.
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This is exactly why I'm here posting this question. The drives have been added, recognized and they show in the array configuration utility as Logical Drive 1 (956.9 GB, RAID 5) Disk management however shows C drive as 410.10 GB. Also if you look at the screen shot it shows under Disk Partition Information
Partition Number: 1, Size: 410.1 GB, Mount Point: C:\. This is the crux of the problem.
I'm pretty sure the process is complete becarse there was an "i" next to the array when it was still in the process of completing as well as status alerts saying it was still processing also I initiated this over 24hrs ago. I'm stumped.
@jesaja how do you assign the free space to the last partition. I don't see that as an option. Also the free space is not showing up in disk management. Any ideas?
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can you send me a sceen shot from the Disk Manager (Server Manager => Storage => Disk Management)
I do see the free space in disk management but unsure how to implement it
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With windows 2008 you just right click on ther C: partition and select to extend in disk manager. Previous versions wouldn't allow C: to be extended. You'll have to move the pagefile somewhere else first though, better really to creater a new partition and move some user data to that such as Exchange info stores.
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I have The same problem, array is just expanded from acu (i starter expand l'asta saturday) but Windows, Also in disk management, can't see The new free space.
What i should do?

Thanks for help