Adding an additional drive to a RAID5 array on PERC 4e/Di
Posted on 2014-02-17
We have a Dell PowerEdge 2800, running Windows 2003, with a PERC 4e/Di controller. There are 5 X 300GB drives in a RAID5 config. I need to add an additional drive to the array. I am pretty clear on the process, although this is the first time I have added more space on this server. I hope that you experts can just verify what I need to do:
After physically inserting the new drive, I use OpenManage to add the drive to the array. Under the controller object, I choose the virtual disk and then choose "Configure" from the drop-down menu and then Execute. I should receive another screen where I can choose the available drive and add it to the array, keeping RAID5 as my RAID configuration.
Secondly, I have two volumes on this server. An OS volume (C:) and a data volume (D:). I have been struggling with a space shortage on C: from some time now and I would really like to add some of the new space to C:. I assume I have to use the diskpart utility to add the new space to the Windows volume(s) after the array has rebuilt to include the new drive. Can I add 30GB to the C: drive and then add the remaining space to the D: drive?