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Extending a C: drive with an underlying RAID5 configuration

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Hi,

I have an HP Proliant ML350 G5 with a SmartArray E200i RAID controller (embedded).  The system currently has 4 146GB drives in RAID5 configuration with one drive acting as a spare.  The array is configured as one volume.

The server is running Windows Server 2003 R2 SP 2. At the OS level, the volume is chopped into a C: drive and a D: drive.  The C: drive has 1.71G of free space (out of 24.42) and the D: drive has 54.72G of free space (out of 248.98).

I know that the eventual goal should be to sell my client a new server.  However, he wants a short-term solution, too.  So, I want to add more space to C:.  Can I add a new drive to the array (or convert the spare into an active drive) and from there add the space to the C: drive (or maybe split the new space between the C: and D:)?

What would it take for the two scenarios described above?

Thanks,
Dan
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You can extend into unallocated disk space,  here is a helpful link.

seeing this is 2003 (end of life )
G5 out of warranty  (possibly)

An upgrade is the only real long term solution.
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> You can extend into unallocated disk space,  here is a helpful link.

Oops, you forgot the link.

> seeing this is 2003 (end of life )
> G5 out of warranty  (possibly)

Agreed on both counts.  The client also understands he needs to replace the server but, being a religious entity with a small budget, timing is everything. He wants a short-term solution to give him more time to get the approvals for the larger expenditure.

Thanks,
Dan
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