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Replacing drives with larger drives in Dell PowerVault MD3200

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Last Modified: 2016-11-23
We have a Dell PowerVault MD3200 with sixteen 600GB SAS drives installed (all bays full), configured as a 16-drive RAID5 disk group, providing 6,142.512 GB of storage space in a single virtual disk.

If each drive is replaced--one at a time to allow the RAID rebuild to complete before the next drive is replaced--with a higher capacity SAS drive (e.g., there is a supported 3 TB drive), will the PowerVault support expanding the existing virtual disk to use the extra capacity after all of the drives have been replaced?  Or, will it at least support creating an additional virtual disk in the extra capacity?

I've successfully done this with servers of various brands, models, or RAID controllers, but I've definitely found others that support only adding an additional virtual disk in the extra capacity, or no support for doing anything with the unallocated space.

Thanks for your help.

Dimarc67
Frederick, MD
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