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Richard Baia
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Raid 5 expansion

I have a DL 380 G3 running Windows 2003 SP2 that has a SmartArray 5i controller. There are 5 36 GB drives running raid 5. This is one logical drive (system and data). I would like to add one more drive to expand the drive.

Can I add the drive to the raid configuration and then extend it using the ACU? Will extending the raid in the ACU affect the OS?

If not then can I use third party software, such as Partition Manager, to extend the partition?

Thank you.
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marsh_1
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Re: Raid 5 expansion

hi,

yes that was supported on the 5i controller see quickspecs here :-

http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/10890_div/10890_div.pdf

hth
Richard Baia
Occasional Visitor

Re: Raid 5 expansion

Mark

Does using third party software affect the fault tolerance of the raid?

If this one drive has a fault will it mean that the whole raid configuration is gone?
Lesley Persyn
Frequent Advisor

Re: Raid 5 expansion

It doesn't affect the raid level.
You have Raid 5, one drive may fail.