Adding Hard Drive to the ESXi appliance Server

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Is there a procedure for adding an additional hard drive to the vCenter ESXi Appliance Server?

I popped in a new 900gb hard drive, because I've been having low space issues.  

With the help of the Question before this, I was able to go from 6.7gb back to 117.42gb of free space.

Now I want to add the new hard drive space to the vCenter Host.

How do I go about this.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Do you currently have your local hard drives setup as RAID ?

otherwise select Host > Configuration > Storage > Add New Storage
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I'm not sure if they are or not.  This was put in to place by a 3rd party company.

Also, when I click on Add Storage (I don't see an option for Add New Storage), and when I get to the Select Disk/LUN, it's empty.

I think I'm missing a step some where.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Yes, I write Add "new" Storage, because that's what it should be called.

In that case it seems very likely you will need or may need to add the existing disk, into the current RAID array which is configured on your server, and this is not done, or anything to do with VMware ESXi.

It's usually a setting in the Storage BIOS when you start the server.

What is your server ?

How many disks do you have in the server and what sizes ?
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Server is a Dell PowerEdge R720

There were 5 now there is 6 disks inside and they all are SAS 5gb 909gb 10k Hard Drives.

I was going to get a bigger hard drive, but wasn't sure how much bigger I could have gone with it causing a problem.
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Okay, so this needs to be configured and added to the existing Array, of 5 disks.

Ctrl-R at the start of the server, just after POST.

The addition of this disk, can take sometime, to reconfigure all the existing disks, and restrip the existing RAID across 6 disks (from 5).

during this rebuild time, performance of the datastore can be affected.

Once this has completed, you then need to select Properties of the datastore, and select Increase.

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