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By singh_vb ·
I have a IBM x-series server here in the office. It uses RAID 5 with 3 SCSI hard disks with similar make and model. I need to expand the HDD by adding in maybe 1 or 2 more SCSI hard disks. My question is, can I just add in the new hard disk just like that and expect the controller card to do the rest of the job without over-writing the data already in the existing hard disks ? If it is not, how can I configure the RAID to include the new hard disk without damaging my data?

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by timwalsh In reply to adding new disk on RAID5 ...

USUALLY, the RAID controller WILL take care of integrating new disks into a RAID array. There may be utility software that you must run to help accomplish this. Look through the documentation of your specific RAID controller for the specific procedures.

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by PaulP In reply to adding new disk on RAID5 ...

I only have experience on Compaq servers running Netware. Just adding a hard drive is not an option. The entire array has to be rebuilt.

You didn't mention what OS you're running. It may not be the same situation.

If this is a production server, I wouldn't attempt this until I knew EXACTLY what to do and what to expect and had a PROVEN reliable backup.

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by djent In reply to adding new disk on RAID5 ...

That would be a function of the raid controller utility, check the controller DOCS.

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