Hi, I have a PowerEdge 1650 with Perc 3/Di, and 2 18Gb disk drives (mirrored). We need to add more space to the server. Would it be possible to take one of the drives off line, rebuild the mirror with a new 36Gb drive, and then repeat with the second drive to give us a total of ~36gb mirrored? We currently have logical disks C: and E: in the container. Will we be able to add the additional space to the E:?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
That is correct.
Replace one drive at a time, waiting for the raid controller to rebuild the replacement drive. Once both drives are rebuilt, you can expand the volumes.
Update from Dell
It seems that the Perc 3/Di RAID conroller does "not" support volume expanding. What I had to do in this situation is the following:
1) Ghost the box
2) Replace drives
3) Install barebones OS
4) Restore with ghost with new partition size.
after some additional thought ... can I get you to clarify what you mean when you say the volume cannot be expanded. Do you mean that the E: drive cannot be expanded, or do you mean that the mirrored array cannot be expanded to use all ~36Gb? If so, would it be possible to define a second mirrored array using left over space on the new drives? (I doubt I would do this, but am just wondering if it is possible).
If its just that the E: primary partition cannot be expanded, I can always create an F: or something.