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Expand Windows Server 2008 RAID 5 array

Hello there!

Is there any way to extend my Windows Server 2008 R2 software RAID5 volume by another drive or am I bound to recreate that volume from scratch?

Thanks for your attention.

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marked as duplicate by Mark Henderson, womble, Jeff Atwood Jan 19 '10 at 3:15

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Whether or not it is possible (I'm not sure), I'd get a full backup before I start. Then the question is redundant, and all you lose is time. –  user3914 Dec 17 '09 at 10:44

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I've already asked this question here - short answer, no, it can't be done safely.

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I don't believe this is possible with Windows software RAID but you could take the guesswork out of it with a little no-risk experimentation. Create a virtual machine with a bunch of virtual drives. Create a RAID 5 array and then see what happens if you try to add another drive.

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Take a look here: http://www.partition-tool.com/resource/expand-raid5-partition.htm

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I'm fairly sure that that software requires you to have added the disk to the array already, and it's just using a lot of fancy words to say that it's a partition resizing tool. –  Mark Henderson Jan 17 '10 at 22:49

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