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Exchange DB files getting too big, need to distribute them to multiple drives instead of 1 big drive

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I have a virtual (VM Ware) Exchange 2010 server and multiple databases on one drive of the server. This is the E drive, which the drive size is currently at 970GB and I can expand it to 1024GB. Rather than continue to expand the size of this drive to the point where we can no longer expand it, I would like to start moving the DB's to different separate smaller drives.
I have attached an image with the DB structure and I'm trying to figure out how many drives to separate these to, and the best way to place these DB's on the new drives.
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Create a new exchange database in new drive and move the mailboxes newly created database.

OR

Simply change database file path it will move the database.

Refer below link :
http://exchangeserverpro.com/move-exchange-2010-database-folder
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The strategy you would use is up to you, really. You could, for example, have the Executives, PowerUsers, and High, Medium, Low grouped together. A drive for Executives, one for powerusers, one for high, one for medium, and one for low. You could also go with just two drives, one for executives and power users, one for everyone else. Or you could go with three. One for execs and power users, one for High, and one for medium and low. Or you could split the databases based on region. Just depends on how you want to work it. Since you've already got your databases separated out and the sizes aren't anywhere near the maximum (or the point where you'll start seeing performance issues), You shouldn't have to move mailboxes around.
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I would split in multiple databases and it's up to you how big one database it would be.

It's much easier to have multiple databases because of the maintenance window is smaller. Even if you have to do a backup and restore of one of the database will be much easier.

To move a database: http://exchangeserverpro.com/move-exchange-2010-database-folder
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When I do the DB move do I need to have a specific amount of free space on the drive?
I want to make sure other users are not affected during the move.
Only the users in the database that is moving will have down time.

Any estimate on how long the move of the largest database may take?
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It should be an online move, that means that the users should be able to access their mail: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2010/07/19/3410438.aspx
Make sure you have enough space on the target drive before you start to move mailboxes. The speed of moving the databases it really depends on your hardware.
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I will be moving the entire DB's, not individual mailboxes.
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Sorry. I meant
Make sure you have enough space on the target drive before you start to move mailboxes database.
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