Expand RAID 5 + Windows Drive

Hi I'm looking at increasing the size of the D:/ on my 2008r2 server as its running out of space.

So it's setup in Raid 5 so I understand that from my HP software I can increase the space of the Raid array that's not a problem.

So is there a way to increase the size of the d:/ within Windows without losing data or having to move any data around?
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Once you increase your array, Windows will the physical drive size has changed and you should see unallocated space.  You may have to rescan the disks though.  Once you see the unallocated space, right click on the D: volume, click expand that should do it.

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RedDoorSuppliesAuthor Commented:
Ok great thanks so that can be done live without effecting the data.

If it makes any difference the drive is hosting the VHD files for some VM servers we have.

Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Should work just fine.  If you need to expand the VHDX file, you will do the same thing for your VM (edit settings and change VHDX file size and then expand VM drive size).
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RedDoorSuppliesAuthor Commented:
Ok great.

Do you know if it's possible to put larger hard drives into the raid 5 setup?

So it's currently made up of 5 X 300gb drives would I be able to remove one and put a 600gb drive in to increase the space?
Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
That won't work.  In RAID5, all drives should be the same size.  Even if the 600 GB drive is successfully added, it will function as 300GB.  Suggestion is to backup your data, create new RAID5 array with larger drives.
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