About increasing drive size on a NAS server

By ndveitch ·
Hi There,

I have a quick question to ask, I have an Iomega 400r Nas server and the original IT crowd set it up with an 8Gb C partition. I have to increase the size of the C partition but I have just realized that the RAID configuration was done through Windows Server 2003.

It was originally setup with a Mirrored C drive of 8GB, a RAID 5 D drive of 670GB and an unallocated portion which is also 8GB just the same as the mirrored C partition. The NAS has in total 4 x 232GB physical drives.

Is there some way I can add the unallocated portion on to the end of my C partition? I am using Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 to do my system images. I was able to test the restores on an old server I use for testing and they seemed to work.

Now my senior support guys tell me that because the RAID is software based I'm going to battle to do the restore, or that the restore will go through fine but after wards Windows is going to cause trouble.

Can anyone point me in the right direction to find out how I could solve this. I would like to be able to just build the RAID using the on board RAID controller and then running the restore from System Recovery, but now I'm uncertain if this will work or not.

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Windows Storage Server was preinstalled, it's only sold to OEM's..

by cmatthews In reply to About increasing drive si ... I would be careful about changing the partition sizes. I would suspect the only way to do it would be to remove the drives and mount them on another RAID-5 controller to see if it could recognize the array and then resize. With Iomega, they'll lock you in any way they can (so it's likely a slim chance and against the EULA).

Why do you need more space on the system drive of a storage server?

Are you running out a space on C drive?
Are your trying to use this member server beyond its design?
What about cleaning out some restore points or temp files?
(after 6-years, you're bound to have a few..)

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The drive is full

by ndveitch In reply to Windows Storage Server wa ...

The server is about 4 maybe 5 years old. I am in the process of trying to get a new one, but in the meantime my C drive is out of space.

Unfortunately I don't the setup for that, i have a basic server room. Lets jsut say that only after my mail server crashed, was I able to replace it, and it was 8 years old at the time. I have tried to clean up the drive as much as possible but it just isn't enough.

I am still learning about servers and RAID's so I am unsure of how I can do this. My boss says i should know how to do it and it is not that hard. SO I thought I would give it a try but just not to sure.

I had a look at the RAID setup and it has a mirrored raid for the C drive and a raid-5 for the D drive in Windows Server 2003.

Is it possible to do a restore of just the C drive to an old backup server, break the mirror and then do a fresh backup. Then on the NAS drive create the array and do the restore back to the NAS drive which has the bigger raid.

Would that be wise, or should I rather push for a new server?

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The whole thing's not even 1TB.. (external TB backups are $129)

by cmatthews In reply to The drive is full

..must be tight on coin there, sorry to hear that. I still think you can lighten up that 8gig..

I don't want to suggest that you can run CCleaner on that version of Windows, but have you checked the whole drive for tmp-files, mini-dumps, excess restore points, unused profiles or resized the page-file?

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Already done :)

by ndveitch In reply to The whole thing's not eve ...

I have already cleaned out as much as I could. On the plus side, I think the powers that be finally heard me and I'm getting a new server :) about time to.

Thank-you for your help.

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Congrats.. He who perseveres gains.

by cmatthews In reply to Already done :)

..well, most of the time :-)

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