Increase size of Partition C In RAID 5

Hi,

I am basically trying to increase The Local disk C of our HP Proliant Dl380 server, OS: Windows Server 2008 R2. currently, we have only 20 GB left of 100GB. we have 500 GB in LOcal disk D which also is 80% full. So we decided to add 2 more hard disks.

Currently, we have 3 300 GB SAS Hard disk configured in RAID 5. I have already bought 2 more of 300 GB.


How should I proceed?

should I create another array and move the local disk D items to the newly created partitions and then delete Local D and extend the LOCAL C?
if I do this will there be any Data LOSS??? is it compatible in HP P410i??

Please tell me know if there is any other way.
MOhamed AsgarAsked:
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Pushpakumara MahagamageVPCommented:
Before you proceed, Check C:\windows\temp C:\windows\WinSxS and do disk cleanup including system files. Move any big program installed in Drive C to another Drive.then you may manage with 100GB storage,  


1. Create separate raid 1 array and logical drive as you wish.
2 . take full backup of Drive D and Drive C,

3. Delete extended partition and then extend Drive C, some time your server may crash so keep everything backed up.

But the best way is start from binning. I mean reconfigure disk raid.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
should I create another array and move the local disk D items to the newly created partitions and then delete Local D and extend the LOCAL C?

you don't have enough space with the usage on D - unless it is raid 0 which i don't recommend
you could reconfigure the array to add those 2 drives (backup everything before doing this)
once extended, you would either need a 3rd party tool to move D further down the drive to allow C to be extended
you need to check first if your controller has battery backed write cache (BBWC) if not, you can't reconfigure the array


Create separate raid 1 array and logical drive as you wish.

that will make a 300gb virtual disk; that is not enough space with D 500gb and 80% used
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
should I create another array and move the local disk D items to the newly created partitions and then delete Local D and extend the LOCAL C?
This is the easiest and safest way to go.

if I do this will there be any Data LOSS???
If you do all step by step then no.
is it compatible in HP P410i??
I didn't quite understand this question.
Sure you can create second array of Mirror or RAID0 for your D: partition. But logical would be adding the new two drives to existing RAID5, then copying out the data from D: temporarily to some external storage, delete D:, extend C: drive as much as you want and then re-create D: of the rest of the space and copy the data back to it.
And as a final note - you should take backup of current system before you start with any changes.
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