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I have a windows server 2008 with 5*2TB disks in a windows server software raid 5. I want to shrink the volume down to 3 disks and use the other two disks elsewhere but can't find a guide on how to proceed.

Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed here? Just taking disks offline seems a bit harsh and as far as I can see there is no resize option.

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There is no resize/shrink procedure. Your only choice is to backup, recreate your RAID volume and restore.

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