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HP Array Configuration Utility

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Hi,
We have a Windows 2008 HP server with eight SAS hard drive bays. Five of which are configure to one logical hard drive with three partitions. My questions are
•      Using the HP Array Configuration Utility how do I create extra space by adding the three new SAS drives in bays 6, 7 and 8 to the RAID?
•      Will this affect any data on the server?
•      How then do I then share out the space to the various drives as I don’t want it to be just unallocated space at the end of the logical drive?
•      Can I do this from within the above utility or use something like EaseUs Partition tool?

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What type of RAID are you using at the moment? RAID5?
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I have attached some more information

I have looked and all the tutorials say that if there are unassigned drives (which there are) then I should see an Expand Array button in the ACU but I don't??

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HP-Array-Util.docx
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No expand array button means you do not have a cache battery. HP 650 mAh P-Series Battery part no 462969-B21 required. Alternatively you can take an image, delete the array and create a new one then restore. You're going to have to use offline partition management utility anyway since Windows won't shuffle partitions around in the way you want so you may as well image it and then you can specify new partition sizes when restoring.
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HI,
Thanks for that answer. What software would you advise to take an image of the raid 5 SBS Server?

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by:Quarm
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Hi,
Sorry for the delayed -
We now have the battery etc. installed and have expanded the array.

With RAID 5 I heard somewhere that there was a 500GB limit on the OS partition do you know if this is true?

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There is no such limit. The limit for OS partition will be 2048GB in case your hardware has no UEFI support.
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What image tool would you use to image the server?

Something EaseUs Server?

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Image? Why not just use an offline partition manager to stretch partitions? (EasyUS do one or you can use gparted or jost create a D: partition with the extra space and move something like Exchange data to it. MS do not support imaging of SBS.
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I would prefer Drive Backup 11 from Paragon which I use but they turned it off and now offer Hard Disk Manager 12 which can do both backup and partitioning: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/
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