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Expanding Storage on HP Proliant ML350?

By tscislaw ·
We've maxed out the storage on one of our HP Proliant ML350 storage servers. I'm looking for options to expand storage on this unit.

Here's what we have:

Proliant ML350 G4p Storage Server
Windows 2003 Standard Edition SP2
Smart Array 642

Physical Drives:
SCSI Array A
2- 36.4GB HDD
SCSI Array B
4- 300GB HDD

Logical Drives:
Array A
Logical Drive 1 27.5GB RAID 1
Logical Drive 2 7GB RAID1

Array B
Logical Drive 3 1.2TB RAID 0
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All disks are set as "basic" disks in Windows.

Any suggestions on expanding the Logical Drive 3?

Could I hang an HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array on the RAID card and go from there?

Will the fact that the disks are setup as "basic" disks give me a problem?

Any way to convert that Logical Drive to RAID 5 without losing data or having to recreate the data?

Thanks much.

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Add another drive

by CG IT In reply to Expanding Storage on HP P ...

If memory serves right, the ML350 comes with a SCSI controller card so, you can effectively have up to 7 drives. Thus far you have 6, so you can add another one.

almost 2 TBs and you've used them up? Great Gods....

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Thanks But Can't

by tscislaw In reply to Add another drive

Thanks for the reply. Our server only has 6 drive bays, however.

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There are other ways!

Converting Logical drives ( 1,2,3 ) won't be a good option . Having OS in RAID 1 is good in many ways .

1. External RAID ( DAS ) would be a viable option

or

2. iSCSI storage would be an effective alternative , you would have liberty to have a mounted drive under the same volume if you want.

Hope above points would be somewhat helpful.

-Raj

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