Our domain server/file server has a RAID 5 setup with (3) 450 GB drives configured as 900 GB disk, which is broken into two logical partitions a 25 GB boot partition and an 875 GB storage partition.
A while back we we reaching capacity so I added a 1.4 TB drive in the 4th drive slot for storing archival data that we don't need read/write access to. It was a good stop-gap but were are approaching capacity again. I would like to replace the 450 GB drives with 1.5 TB drives. We use DriveXML for backing up our desktops. Can I use that to back up the server, swaps the disks and then recover to the new array? Then can I re-size the storage partition to use all the remaining blank space?
We are running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition, the RAID array is hardware RAID running off an Intel motherboard with the Intel Matrix Storage Console for managing.
Is there a simpler method? Should I consider replacing the whole server at this point?