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mkk
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extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

i have an HP ProLiant ML350 server with a RAID 5 array and 4 SCSI hard drives. i am in the process of replacing the drives, one at a time, with larger capacity drives. this array was built with one logical drive with four partitions (C,E,F,Z). does anyone know if there is a way for me to use the extra space from the new drives to extend the E and F partitions? Thanks!
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Mauro Rusignuolo
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

for sure, yes.
the steps should be differents,
depends on the OS you are using...

bye.

TJK.
<> Leonardo da Vinci
mkk
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

the server is running microsoft windows server 2003 standard edition. Thanks!
Mauro Rusignuolo
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

you can use a tool, such as Acronis disk director suite.
after you have expanded your array size, you'll be able to extend or reduce the partitions.

www.acronis.com

download a free 30-days-trial utility to use and test, if you want, on other systems ...

bye.

TJK.
<> Leonardo da Vinci
mkk
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

so the acronis software will work even though all partitions share the same logical drive as the system partition? if this is the case, then i will have to look into the Acronis software.
Mauro Rusignuolo
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

yes, also in the way you intended.

take a look at that software.

bye.

TJK.
<> Leonardo da Vinci
Mauro Rusignuolo
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

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mkk
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

ok...i have replaced the drives and expanded the array with ACU. under disk manager i can see the extra unallocated space, however, i am unable to extend any partiions. i have tried using diskpart, ACU, and Acronis Disk Director Server 10.0. when i try to use Acronis, the unallocated space is not even an option for me to choose from. any idea how to extend the unallocated space?
mkk
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

ok...i got it to work using Acronis. apparently, since all the partitions are on one logical drive, Acronis can only extend the last volume on the drive. From there, you can resize any partition except the system partition. thanks, Jackal, for your suggestions!
Mauro Rusignuolo
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Re: extending partitions on server with only one logical drive

excuse me but in this thays I was in holiday ...
also, you can resize the system partition.
you can "move" the others.
if you leave a free unallocated space just after the system partition, you can resize it too.

bye.

TJK.
<> Leonardo da Vinci