Hot Swap Hard Drives with Partition Size Change
Posted on 2011-03-01
I have a Dell Poweredge 2800 server, running Windows SBS 2003, with mirrored 73 gb hot swappable scsi harddrives. Dell originally partitioned my drives 11 gb operating system and 62 gb data storage. The operating systems partition is now nearly full and I have only the bare minimum programs installed. We are beginning to have performance issues (backups not working, services not starting, etc) because of the lack of free drive space.
I also have two, clean, 300 gb scsi hot swappable drives with same specs (other than size) as my original 73 gb drives. I can use the new drives, all four drives, whatever is necessary. My server has 8 hard drive storage bays.
Ultimately, the issue is that I need to expand the partition that holds my operating system. I need to keep all my data from both my current partitions. I know there are many different configurations that will work, but does anyone have a suggestion for a good configuration and the steps to accomplish it?