Expanding drive space on Dell server with PERC 6i RAID controller
Posted on 2016-09-10
The server is a Dell R710 with eight physical drives. Two are configured for the virtual OS and six for the second drive.
Each disk one at a time, was swapped from 300GB to 900GB and the RAID rebuilt before doing the next one.
The question is how to expand the space in the virtual drives without loosing the data, if that is possible. I recall, maybe incorrectly or inaccurately, that in the controller boot it was possible to alter the virtual disk sizes but then NOT initialize them thus keeping the data but getting full use of the data there.
If that is possible, how do you do it?
Restoring the second drive is not really a big deal, just takes forever....
The OS drive is another matter and i do not wish to risk a bare metal restore. Just saying....
So here is an alternative thought for the C: virtual disk. What if I create a new virtual disk in the now unused space, then bind that to the original C: as a shared space? I am thinking that is just not possible on the system disk. But maybe there is a way..
Any suggestions much appreciated!!!!