Extending a C: drive with an underlying RAID5 configuration
Posted on 2015-02-23
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?