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Replace a 3Gb with 9Gb on NT Server Arra

By zimcocomp ·
I have a Compaq Proliant 1600 NT40 server with a Smart - 2DH Array in it. It has 4 - 3Gb active hard drives and one hot spare. I want to replace both the boot drive and the spare with a 9Gb drive. How can I get more than 3Gb partition on both these new drives and what is the best way to get the image to the new drive?

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by calves In reply to Replace a 3Gb with 9Gb on ...

your 9 on the array will only use 3. Nothing you can do there. The array will always use the smallest size of all the disks.
Your boot drive will have 9 GB.
On the second part of your question, if you mean the image of the boot disk into the new disk, just partion the new into 1 3 GB and 1 6 GB, and using the 3 GB create a mirror in the disk administrator, after that just pull the 3 Gb disk out and break the mirror.

Good luck!

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by egarlepp In reply to Replace a 3Gb with 9Gb on ...

again the raid array has to be all the same, so it will only take the smallest of all of them. If you trying to image drives try using drive image professional by powerquest. it will allow you to image the 3 to the 9 and allow you to spread out thevirtual partitions.
good luck

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by _Degan_ In reply to Replace a 3Gb with 9Gb on ...

Your best bet is to switch from 4 - 3GB disks to 4 - 9GB disks. There are two ways of doing this.
#1 - Switching out array
1. Backup original array.
2. Pull original drives. Keep these in a safe place.
3. Insert new 9GB drives.
4. Configure new array.
5. Restore from backup.
6. Test everything.

#2 Add new array.
1. Backup original array.
2. Pull hot spare.
3. Pull one active 3GB drive. Keep in safe place.
4. Replace with one empty 9 GB drive.
5. Force rebuild of array onto new drive.
6. Repeat 3-5 until you have replaced all drives.
7. You now should be able to configure the free space on all of the drives (~6GB) as a new array, and can add this as another resource.

Method one requires that you have backup software which can smoothly replace your system. Method two is easier, but you end up with two seperate arrays.

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by zinnix In reply to Replace a 3Gb with 9Gb on ...

_Degan_ said it all.

I just want to say my little advice.

Write on each disk in what slot he was in the compaq array!!!
I mean you should mark with pen every disk in what slot it was
in the compaq array. because if you fail,
you wont be able to run the "old" system.

Except of this, good luck.

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