Repartition Raid 5

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Chuck, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck Guest

    Hello all,

    Is there any safe way to repartition a raid 5 setup without blowing away the
    system? I would like to resize two of the partitions. In other words add to c
    from much unused space on f. SBS2k3 sp2 fully updated and patched. I'm hoping
    there is an easy way without having to do a complete restore. Probably asking
    for too much, but hope is eternal.

    Thank you,
    chuck
     
    Chuck, Feb 12, 2009
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  2. Hi Chuck:

    Safe and easy? And presumably cheap? Probably not. The only way I know of
    to do it, without full blown backup and restore, is to use imaging software,
    and you will find you might have an issue with restoring the image to a
    drive/partition that has been reduced in size.

    The drill is: backup in the normal way, test the backup with a couple/many
    partial restores. Using the imaging software, make images of all the
    drives. You can then use any tool you have confidence in to resize the
    partitions. Once the partitions are resized, whether by Windows or by a
    third party utility you can, if necessary, restore either the images or the
    backups.

    Shadow Protect, Accronis, GParted are some of the names usually mentioned.
    Again, verify that your backups are good, and that you can restore the image
    to a partition that has been reduced in size. Older versions of Shadow
    Protect, for example, would not allow this.
     
    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP], Feb 13, 2009
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    Adamkkk

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    how to resize RAID

    resizing partitions is actually quite easy (including RAID ).

    get a third party partition tool to help.

    in a partition software all the drives are allocated in a line, and you can simply resize

    the drive by dragging them forward or backward.

    here's an article that makes this very clear.
     
    Adamkkk, Mar 11, 2011
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