Current setup is 4 drives 146GB 15k's. All in one big raid. And its filling up. OS is 2008 R2 Enterprise with 2 Virtual servers.
I'm looking at ideas/reccomendations on how to fill the 4 bays that are left but want to think ahead.
I was thinking along the lines of adding a 146GB and define it as "spare" since I really
do not want any downtime on this server, and put 300GB or 600GB in the last 3 bays (cost ofcourse an issue). I do not want to go another 4 pieces of 146GB since I am afraid they will just fill up to fast.
The above however presents a couple of decisions that has to be made.
I would have to move atleast one of the virtual servers off the 15k disk onto 10k - performance hit big?
Should I partition the 410GB Raid 5 that is already there?
Since I really want to add a 146GB "spare" it leaves only 3 bays left for the 300/600GB new disks and would mean I would either do Raid10 and a "spare" or do Raid 5 and skip the "spare".....
Or should I simply skip the spares alltogether since I will be having Storagecraft Shadowprotect up and running this weekend - which gives me a lot more comfort than the current backup.
What would you guys do????
Smart Array P410i in Embedded Slot
Arrays: SAS Array A - 1 Logical Drive(s)
Logical Drive(s) / Local OS Access Name: Logical Drive 1 (410.1 GB, RAID 5) \\.\PhysicalDrive0
146 GB 2-Port SAS Drive at Port 1I : Box 1 : Bay 1
146 GB 2-Port SAS Drive at Port 1I : Box 1 : Bay 2
146 GB 2-Port SAS Drive at Port 1I : Box 1 : Bay 3
146 GB 2-Port SAS Drive at Port 1I : Box 1 : Bay 4
Size 410GB, 43GB free
Print and Document Services
Size 71GB, max 127GB
Network Policy and Access Services
Remote Desktop Services
Size 219GB, max 240GB
Web Server (IIS)
Both virtual servers has "dynamically expanding virtual hard disks".