Dell Perc 6/i (RAID5) larger drives
Posted on 2013-02-04
We have a Dell Poweredge Server running SBS 2008 with a Perc 6/i controller and 3x 250GB HDDs. One of the drives on a RAID5 set has degraded so will need to be replaced. I thought that as the server was getting low on space it might be an idea to increase the size of the drives while I'm at it.
On other RAID controllers I've used, it's been quite straightforward but time consuming to simply replace the drives one by one letting each newly inserted drive rebuild and then after all drives have been rebuilt, use EaseUS Partition Manager to extend the partitions.
Is this possible with Perc 6/i and if so are there any gotchas I should be aware of?
I'm aware of the 2GB limit of Perc6 but does that apply to the final virtual disk size or the individual disks?
Happy to use an alternative partition manager if EaseUS is a no go. Will the Windows Disk Management 'Extend Volume' even work?
The server is well out of warranty and don't want to give the job to the overexpensive Dell engineers for something that in normal situations is quite straightforward.