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By jbauer ·
I am hoping someone can help me out. I have three hard drives in my new server, each about 240 gig. I partitioned the first drive for use with the operating system. Now I am trying to combine (probably virtually) the larger part of the first drive, with the second two drives so they appear as one. Is there anyway to do this. Thank you.

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by pfenness In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

You would have to setup up the raid again. Backup the data and setup the three drives as RAID 5 and reinstall the OS and have the extra space. You might be able to use a Partition Magic application to do it. I would leave the OS on one drive and keep the other two drives for data. Safer when you have to rebuild or for crashes.

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by jbauer In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

I do not have a raid controller in that server. Is there any other way to do it without purchasing partitioning software? Thanks.

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by gregory.ginter In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

You didn't mention your OS nor your file system format. I think with Windows Server OS's there is a way to highlight all three drives, right click on them and click span or extend or something.

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by CptOmlly In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

What O/S are you running? Is the space you want to share on the first disk on a separate partition from the O/S? If so, and if you have windows 2000/XP you can do this by creating a spanned volume with all three disks. Even if you don't have the 1st disk split, you can still span the other two disks. Otherwise you will have to use PartitionMagic split the drive, or reinstall the O/S.

First, you have to convert all three disks to dynamic disks. Right-click the My computer icon, select Manage. Click Disk Management, and in the lower right pane, you should see all your disks, Disk 0, Disk 1, Disk 2. Right-click on Disk 0 and select Convert to Dynamic Disk. Repeat for the other two disks. Delete all volumes except your System volume (where the OS is installed). Right click in some of the unformatted free space, and Select "Create New Volume..." Select Spanned radio button, and you will be prompted to select the additional disk space to use. You'll get a summary at the end showing what you've created.

Here's a MS technet link covering Dynamic Disks: http://tinyurl.com/2oo3f

If you're not running 2000 or XP, I think you're looking at reinstall and RAID-ing it.

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by jbauer In reply to

Worked!! Thanks a ton!

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by jbauer In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

I am running windows 2003 server. I will try the latest solution. If you have any other tips for this OS, please do respond. I did partition the first disk, setting 20 gigs of the 230 aside for the OS. Thanks for all of your help!!!!

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by pgm554 In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

Volume Manager by PowerQuest

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by jbauer In reply to One volume spanning multi ...

The solution above conserning dynamic disks solved the issue. Thanks for all your help!

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