How can I increase hard disk space on server

I am working on a server that also has virtual server loaded.   On the virtual server, the space is running out on the hard drive.   It is 4 disks running Raid 5 for both servers.   How can I increase the hard drive space without having to reload anything or decrease the space from the first server?   Can I add ard drives?   It is running Windows server 2003.
syssolutAsked:
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
The answer is completely dependent on the controller.  If this is Windows Server Software RAID, don't think so, but if it is a quality discreet hardware controller you may be able to do what you want.  Call or research the mfg instructions.  And, whatever you do, be sure you have a viable backup first.
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digerati1Commented:
I agree.  Also, make sure you have a full backup of your server before changing any of the RAID.  
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
The controller is an LSI Logic PCIe Ultra320 SCSI Host Adapter.   There are 4 drives with 4 open slots on the server.   The server is an IBM x3500.   Can I add drives to this server to increase the space.  Again, this is the virtual server.
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Larry Struckmeyer MVPCommented:
On OEM equipment the bios on the controllers can be customized by the manufacture or the oem.  I would not do anything unless you get it blessed by either IBM, or, if an add on controller, by LSI.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I am looking at this tomorrow.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I have to get the manufacturer name to see if it is possible as you stated above
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I am going in this week to get the manu=facturer for the raid.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
I am checking with manufacturer to see if possible ad what might have to be done.
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay.  Checking on this
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syssolutAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the feedback.   Owner replacing server with newer more robust system
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