I have a fairly simple exchange 2010 installation with about 250 mailboxes on a Windows 2008 R2 server.
The OS and exchange are installed on the C: array. the exchange database is on the D: array.
The D: array is a raid 5 with 3 146GB SAS 15,000rpm drives
we recently realized we are running out of space on our D: drive, about 15GB free.
I purchased 3 - 600GB SAS Drives to replace them. But I am pretty new to exchange, and need to know the best way to go about this. The server only has 6 drive bays, and 5 of them are used.
I need to know if i can just take the database offline and copy the entire d: file structure to an external drive, or a network share, and replace the 146GB drives with the 600GB Drives and boot up and re-copy the file structure back to the new d: array.
Will this work? Or how do you recommend doing this?
I cant move the database to a different attached drive as i dont have enough free bays.
Thanks ahead of time!