Questions of adding New Hard Disk Drive to RAID 5 on Dell Server
Here are some questions asked by some people about adding new hard drive to RAID 5 on Dell Server:
* “I’m using 3 hard drives in RAID 5 with a Dell Server but I want to add additional drive in existing RAID. Can anyone tell me how to add new hard drive to RAID 5?”
* “I just got a new Dell Server with CERC 1.5/6 SATS controller. I’m going to add new drives to RAID 5 as needed. I have never done like that before so I’m sure if it’s possible to do that without rebuilding the entire array.”
* “I have a 250 GB hard drive and it’s almost running out of space, so I’m planning to buy another one. I want to know that when I bought, if it would automatically set up RAID on the motherboard, or if I had to buy a separate AID controller.”
Similar questions may occurred to you when you want to add new hard drive to RAID 5, if so, what can you do to add new hard drive to RAID 5 on Dell Server for extending partition? Actually, Dell OMSA makes it easy to add new hard disk drive to reconfigure RAID 5 on Server without data loss. And then use AOMEI Partition Assistant to extend partition as Dell OMSA cannot add these disk space to existing partitions.
Add New Hard Disk Drive to RAID 5 with Dell OMSA and extend partition with AOMEI Partition Assistant
To learn the details of how to add new hard disk drive to RAID 5 with Dell OMSA, you may refer to the tutorial below: http://www.partition-magic.org/hardware-raid/add-disk-to-raid-5.html
It’s easy to do that with Dell OMSA, and after the RAID 5 reconfiguration is done, there will be a block of unallocated space at the end of virtual disk, for example: [C drive][D drive][unallocated space]. To add new hard disk drive to RAID 5 on Dell Server for extending partition, add non-contiguous unallocated space into RAID 5 system partition C drive is another key point? AOMEI Partition Assistant will be able to merge the new unallocated disk space to existing partitions.
AOMEI Partition Assistant is a professional RAID Partition manager, and it is running well with RAID levels, including RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, supports as well as all types of RAID controllers. It is designed to ensure the operation accuracy and safety, and with the help of the software, you may extend your RAID partitions without data loss. AOMEI Partition Assistant has users-friendly interface and it’s easy to operate just with a few clicks of the mouse.