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Expand 4x SSD RAID 10 + HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller

 
Suissinho
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Expand 4x SSD RAID 10 + HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller

Good morning,

We have the following server on which we want to expand with new 2TB (4x 2TB) disks, that is, we currently have 4x HPE LK0480GFJSK-SC (480GB 2.5in SATA-6G Mixed SSD)

Infos

Server HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + Smart Array P440ar in Slot 0 (Embedded):

Internal Drive Cage at Port 1I, Box 3, OK

Internal Drive Cage at Port 2I, Box 0, OK
array A (Solid State SATA, Unused Space: 0 MB)


logicaldrive 1 (894.2 GB, RAID 1+0, OK)

physicaldrive 1I:3:1 (port 1I:box 3:bay 1, Solid State SATA, 480.1 GB, OK)

physicaldrive 1I:3:2 (port 1I:box 3:bay 2, Solid State SATA, 480.1 GB, OK)

physicaldrive 1I:3:3 (port 1I:box 3:bay 3, Solid State SATA, 480.1 GB, OK)

physicaldrive 1I:3:4 (port 1I:box 3:bay 4, Solid State SATA, 480.1 GB, OK)

And we want to insert/expand with 4 new disks without losing data:

4x HPE 2TB 2.5in SSD SAS

The question here is how to do this upgrade without losing any data or the array? What is the most recommended way?

We think about doing:

Solution 1)
- Full backup to a new disk of the complete disk image -
- Take the 4 discs out
- Delete the old RAID 10 array
- Restore the backup image on the 4 new 2TB disks

Solution 2)
- Replace the 4 old 512gb discs, one disc at a time with the new 2TB discs and let them rebuild until the end.
- Use "Online array expansion / capacity expansion / logical drive extension" in Smart Storage Administrator to increase free space with new 4x 2TB disks without messing with the array


What advise?

Are the solutions reliable or advise another? can you help us?

Thanks in advance.

Beste regards

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SanjeevGoyal
HPE Pro

Re: Expand 4x SSD RAID 10 + HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller

Hello,

Thank you for contact community support.

You can install a new hard disk in the existing setup if the free slots available. ( I hope minimum four free hard disks slots available now)

Install the new SSD hard disk in this existing setup and create a new raid group from the SSA.

Copy the data from the old raid group to the new raid group.

HPE Smart Array Controllers - Configuration

https://support.hpe.com/hpesc/public/docDisplay?docId=emr_na-a00020455en_us

You can follow the below document for Gen9 also.

http://itdoc.hitachi.co.jp/manuals/ha8000v/hard/Gen10/SA/882375-002_en.pdf

Solution 1)
- Full backup to a new disk of the complete disk image -
- Take the 4 discs out
- Delete the old RAID 10 array
- Restore the backup image on the 4 new 2TB disks

Answer: I think it is not required if the free slots available

Yes, data backup is required if the free hard disk slot s not available.

Solution 2)
- Replace the 4 old 512gb discs, one disc at a time with the new 2TB discs, and let them rebuild until the end.
- Use "Online array expansion / capacity expansion / logical drive extension" in Smart Storage Administrator to increase free space with new 4x 2TB disks without messing with the array

Answer: If you replace 2 TB hard disk in place of 512GB hard disk. 2TB hard disk will take only 512GB hard disk not complete 2TB space.

So it is not a good option for you and you will not achieve as per your requirement.

Please follow the below documents for your references.

HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server Quick space follow the page no 7

https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/getdocument.aspx?docname=c04346247#

Please let me know if you need further assistance here.

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SanjeevGoyal
HPE Pro

Re: Expand 4x SSD RAID 10 + HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller

Hello,

Please let me know if you have any other queries.

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SanjeevGoyal
HPE Pro

Re: Expand 4x SSD RAID 10 + HP ProLiant DL380 (Gen9) + HPE Smart Array P440ar Controller

Hello,

Please let me know if you have any queries.

If you feel this was helpful please click the KUDOS! thumb below!   

Regards,


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