How to Add an Additional Hard Disk Drive to a Virtual Disk by Using Dell™ OpenManage™ Array Manager - KB Article - 130686

How to Add an Additional Hard Disk Drive to a Virtual Disk by Using Dell™ OpenManage™ Array Manager - KB Article - 130686


Summary - How to add an additional hard disk drive to a virtual disk by using Dell™ OpenManage™ Array Manager

This article describes how to use the Dell™ OpenManage™ Array Manager program to add physical disks to an existing virtual disk in an array.

Array Manager allows for the configuration of the storage components that are connected to the computer. These components include the following:

  • Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) controllers
  • Other drive controllers
  • Channels
  • Enclosures
  • Disk drives that are connected to the controllers

Array Manager allows for the reconfiguration of virtual disks. Also, Array Manager may be used to apply the RAID level for a virtual disk.

To use Array Manager to add additional physical hard disk drives to a virtual disk, use one of the following methods as appropriate for the RAID controller that is installed in the computer.



Adding Disks to Existing Virtual Disk on PERC 2/SC and Other Controllers

This information applies to Array Manager when it is used with the following Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) RAID controllers:

  • PERC 2/SC
  • Dell PERC 2/DC
  • Dell PERC 3/SC
  • Dell PERC 3/DCL
  • Dell PERC 3/DC
  • Dell PERC 3/QC
  • Dell PERC 4/SC
  • Dell PERC 4/DC
  • Dell PERC 4/Di
  • Dell PERC 4/IM

Additionally, this information applies to Array Manager when it is used with the Dell CERC ATA100/4 channel RAID controller.

To use Array Manager to add a physical disk to a virtual disk, follow these steps.

Notice:
Following these steps may cause the loss of all the data on the hard disk drive. Therefore, it is recommended that a full backup be created before following these steps.

  1. Start the Array Manager program. To do this, click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Dell OpenManage Applications, point to Array Manager, and then click Array Manager Console.

  2. Right-click the appropriate virtual disk, and then click Add Member.

  3. In the Virtual Disk Add Member window that appears, click a hard disk drive in the Available Array Disks list, and then click Add Disk. (Figure 1)


    Figure 1: Virtual Disk Add Member Window

    Note:
    When using the Add Member command to add additional storage to a virtual disk, it is recommended that the whole capacity of the physical disk is used for the particular virtual disk to which it is added. If a member of a virtual disk shares storage with another virtual disk, you may be unable to create or remove the virtual disk from the controller.

  4. In the Virtual Disk Type list, click the appropriate RAID level. For example, click RAID-1.

    The status of the virtual disk changes to Reconstructing. To view the progress of the reconstructing operation, click the parent object of the virtual disk. If the RAID level was modified, the Type field displays the new RAID level when the reconstruction operation is finished.

  5. Right-click the computer object in the Array Manager tree, and then click Rescan.

    Note:
    A Microsoft® Windows®-based computer may have to be restarted to access the additional storage that was added to the virtual disk.



Adding Disks to an Existing Virtual Disk on PERC 2 and Other Controllers

This information applies to Array Manager when it is used with the following Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) RAID controllers:

  • Dell PERC 2
  • Dell PERC 2/Si
  • Dell PERC 3/Si
  • Dell PERC 3/Di

To use Array Manager to add a physical disk to a virtual disk, follow these steps.

Notice:
Following these steps may cause the loss of all the data on the hard disk drive. Therefore, we recommend that a full backup be created before following these steps.

  1. Start the Array Manager program. To do this, click the Start button, point to Programs, point to Dell OpenManage Applications, point to Array Manager, and then click Array Manager Console.

  2. Right-click the appropriate virtual disk, and then click Reconfigure.

  3. In the Virtual Disk Reconfiguration window that appears, click to select the check boxes that correspond to the disk or disks to be added to the virtual disk. (Figure 1)


    Figure 1: Virtual Disk Reconfiguration Window

  4. In the Type list, click the appropriate RAID level. For example, click RAID-5.

  5. In the Size box, type the size of the RAID array.

  6. In the Stripe Size list, click a block stripe size. We recommend using the default stripe size of 32 kilobytes (KB).

  7. Click OK to save the changes to the virtual disk. The Status column in the right pane of the Array Manager program displays the progress of the virtual disk. To view the progress, click the parent object of the virtual disk. The status of the virtual disk is displayed as Reconstructing until the reconstructing operation is finished.



Additional information - How to Add an Additional Hard Drive to a Virtual Disk

To obtain a manual for Array Manager, visit the following Dell Web site:

Manuals - Dell™ OpenManage™ Array Manager
For more information about how to configure a PERC RAID controller, visit the following Dell Web site:

Configuring PERC 2, 2/Si, 3/Si and 3/Di RAID Controllers: Dell OpenManage Array Manager User's Guide



 


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Article ID: SLN86528

Last Date Modified: 11/14/2010 12:00 AM


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