Adding to virtual disk dell openmanage raid 5

Hi,

I currently have 3 out of 4 slots taken on my raid 5 array. I physically added the drive (have not intialized yet) I just want to verify that I can resize my virtual disk without wiping out my os.

If this is bad, Can I add a second virtual disk to support disk 4?

Thanks!
J_DrakeAsked:
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Gary ColtharpConnect With a Mentor Sr. Systems EngineerCommented:
If you use the openmanage console to add the disk to the array, openmanage can upsize the virtual disk or even change the RAID level .

Always backup everything before you jack with disks!

However, this wont make your windows partitions magically bigger. If you mess with the boot partition, you will be reloading. There are a couple of utilities that could help you resize partitions to make use of the additional space.... but I don't know of any free ones. :)


Partition Magic and I think Acronis has a partition product as well.
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J_DrakeAuthor Commented:
I've had bad luck with partion magic..:(  I did a full backup so were good there. Will I need to reboot?

Thanks!
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Depends on the openmange and the PERC adapter... I don't have all those committed to memory, but I believe a reconfigure does not require a reboot.
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Oh, and you can always just partition a new disk on the additional space and either mount as a new driver letter  or mount on a folder where the space is needed most.
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J_DrakeAuthor Commented:
I went ahead and started.. It says "reconstructing" is that normal. And roughly how long does the process take?

You can add the space to a particular folder?

Thanks!
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
I believe it is... and depending on the size of the virtual disk and the size of the disk you are adding , it can take a while.

Yes.... the mounted drive takes the place of the directory tree from the mount point down.
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J_DrakeAuthor Commented:
Do you have a process to mount to a folder?

Thanks
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Gary ColtharpSr. Systems EngineerCommented:
Well, I have always just done it...never documented it


Open disk manager

After formatting your new filesystem, do not assign a drive letter. If if has one, go to change drive letters and paths and remove it.

Click Add
Instead of "assign the following drive letter", select moutn in the following empty NTFS folder, then browse to your emptied folder and click ok...
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J_DrakeAuthor Commented:
I don't know if this wil work for me now or not. I was told that I need to resize c:.

Have you heard anything about acronis disk director? Will it resize c: on the fly?

Thanks
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