What is the best proceedure to add a SharePoint 2010 content database to support users current structure?

I have a SharePoint 2010 application that is nearing the 200 GB limit.  I know that I can add another content database.  However, my understanding is that I would need to create a site collection in the new content database and have users add new content there.  However, there is an established structure in the original content database that users will continue add to (uploading files, creating sub sites, etc).  

What is the best procedure to support users adding content to the old stucture?
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Michael CarrilloInformation Systems ManagerAsked:
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Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
You have a few options, but several involve expenditure.

First off, look at the IOPS figures for your disk it may be fast enough to support a larger DB;

http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=5

If not, consider tools such as Metalogix StoragePoint, which allow you to exceed the limit by offloading content to disk.

third; Consider duplicating the structure of your sites and libraries, perhaps by saving as templates and re-creating in the new site collection.

Fourth; You could migrate older content to the new site collection when it reaches a certain age, and free up space in your existing structure. Ideally this would need a migration tool to preserve metadata but could be done with Powershell too.

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Michael CarrilloInformation Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
All, very good suggestions.

So, If I understand correctly; the 200 GB limit, is not necessarly a hard limit, if you have a good hard drive system (IOPS)?
Jamie McAllister MVPSharePoint ConsultantCommented:
Correct. To be carefully assessed.
Michael CarrilloInformation Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
Excellent help!
Thank You!

We actually have Metalogix here, but no one has training in it.
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