Upgrading the C: array in an HP Proliant ML350 domain controller
Posted on 2011-02-27
I have a client whose single-server network is running out of space on the C: drive of the domain controller. I've cleaned up as much as I can. They are ready to spend the money to upgrade to bigger drives in the RAID array that is the C: drive.
The machine in question is an HP Proliant ML350 running Windows Server 2003 Standard. It has two volumes. The C: volume consists of 3 36.4 UltraSCSI drives that I assume are in a RAID array. The other three hot swappable bays are the D: volume which hold 146.8Gb drives.
My plan would be to:
1. Make a backup to external hard drive of the entire system.
2. Install Partition Magic or some other partitioning software that works with Server 2003.
3. Take an image of the existing C: volume and remove the three smaller drives.
4. Install the 3 new drives (looks like 146.8 is all it will take and that's plenty)
5. Create a RAID array of the three new disks.
6. Image the new array with the image software and the picture I took of the original C: volume.
My plan gets fuzzy when I go to create the new array and image the new volume C:. I assume the server has some type of utility built in to create the new array, however I'm not sure of that.
And, once I get the new volume C: in there, without an operating system how do I install the partitioning software and image the new volume?