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By jlbpotter ·
I know this is going to be an easy one but I don't work with NT4 that much. When you have NT4 can you extend a partition? I have 4 18GB HDDs configured in a hardware RAID5. I have a C drive where NT and programs are installed and then the rest of myspace is Drive E. I want to install a couple more HDDs. Will I be able to extend Drive E onto these HDDs or will they have to be configured as my F: drive?
Thanks in advance.

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by dRb63 In reply to Extending Partitions

To extend any of the partitions, you'll need a third-party application. One of the most popular is Partition Magic.

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by jlbpotter In reply to Extending Partitions

So NT won't let you extend the partions on its own without losing the data?

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by col1n In reply to Extending Partitions

Hi you say you have raid5 this means that the RAID can only be as big as the smallest drive

C: drive is the system and the other 4 drives are the raid with or without striping/parity config eg 4.5 GB each drive?

If these extra drives are for storage eg large e-mail, graphics or dtabase(Bus Objects etc...) then I assume backup is the key

So if you intend to put a large drive on board then better to put the (say 120GB) hard drive in and remove the limiting C:\drive and place the 18GB in as system thus allowing 5x18GB RAID C,D,E,F,G

Otherwise RAID is a limiting factor

You can change to 2 mirrors giving fault tolerance and large drives best to have 2 controllers though to avoid a single point of failure

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by col1n In reply to Extending Partitions

PS remember the idea of raid is to save from a catastrophe if you only have 2 physical drives then you may loose that option, better to have 5 equal size drives thus if a failure just take out damaged one and replace the drive will rebuild itself

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by a.jongsma In reply to Extending Partitions

You're correct jlbpotter:
Windows NT (also applies to Windows 9x/ME/2K/XP) won't let you extend the partions on its own without losing the data.

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by a.jongsma In reply to Extending Partitions

backup/restore excluded

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by curlergirl In reply to Extending Partitions

The straight answer is No, NT does not allow you to extend partitions like this natively without third party software. If you add drives to your RAID array, however, you might want to rebuild the array completely anyway, so you could conceivably repartition it at that time. This involves using backup/restore procedures and is a little dicey, but works fine if you are careful. Assuming your C drive is a partition and is part of the RAID array, and not a separate physical drive, you could reconfigure all of the partitions in the array at once. The other way to go is a third party software like Partition Magic, as mentioned by someone else. The server version of Partition Magic costs a bit, though. Hope this helps!

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