How to resize raid 5 partitions

Several days ago I wrote an article about how to resize raid1 partition, many people ask me what about RAID 5, how to resize raid 5 virtual partitions, so today I want to talk about reszing raid5 partitions. In fact, it is similar to resize raid 5 and raid 1 virtual drives. Please note, raid 5 here is hardware raid 5. Most important step when resizing raid5 partition The reason why people think it is hard to resize a raid 5 partition is because they don't know whether it is required to break the raid array, resize partitions directly or work with raid controller. When resizing raid 5 partitions, don't break the raid array, open the disk management and find out the disk partition layout. From the screen shot of my test server, there are 2 disks. Actually, Disk 0 is a raid 1 array and Disk 1 is a … Continue reading

How to resize raid 1 partition

It is a headache for many people who want to resize raid partitions, because RAID array is different with a single hard disk drive. Hardware RAID 1 array is create by two physical hard disk drives with full or part of the disk space, so a RAID partition often called as "virtual" drive. The same with single disk drive, raid virtual drives also runs out of space, especially for system C: drive, because RAID 1 "waste" space of a disk, it is used to install Operating System for fast boot recovery. When low disk space problem occurs, it cannot be better to resize the raid1 partitions, because this is the fastest and easiest way, who can bear wasting days to start from scratch? Then how to resize raid 1 partition? To most of the people who want to resize raid1 partitions, there is a "query" and "worry": Should I break … Continue reading

Nondestructively Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic with Dynamic Disk converter

Do you want to convert dynamic disk to basic without data losing? If you need to convert dynamic disk to basic nondestructively, Dynamic Disk Converter will help you a lot. This article will introduce how to revert dynamic disk back to basic with the easiest way. Disadvantages of dynamic disk Dynamic disk volumes also are called software RAID, although dynamic disks contains too many advantages than the basic disks, it also bring some problems as bellow: 1. System partition on basic disk cannot be extended after converting to dynamic disk. Some people want to extend the system partition and think it can be increased after converting basic disk to dynamic, but in fact, dynamic volume still cannot be extended, especially for the system volume, many people would encounter this problem if they need to increase partition size. But due to the limitation of Disk Management, only Simple Volume and Spanned … Continue reading

How to Create Dynamic Disk Volumes?

What is Dynamic Disk? A dynamic disk is a physical disk that provides features that basic disks do not, such as support for volumes spanning multiple disks. Dynamic disk is supported in Windows XP Professional/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Servers 2000/2003/2008. A disk initialized for dynamic storage is called a dynamic disk. A dynamic disk contains dynamic volumes, such as Simple Volume, Spanned Volume, Stripped Volume, Mirrored Volume and RAID-5 Volume. With dynamic disk, you can perform disk and volume management without the need to restart Windows. Note: 1. Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers or on Windows XP Home Edition-based computers. 2. You cannot create mirrored volumes or RAID-5 volumes on Windows XP and Windows Vista, Windows 7 add the feature to support Creating Mirror Volume. However, you can create all dynamic volumes in Windows Server editions, including Windows Server 2000/2003 and Server 2008. 3. All volumes on … Continue reading

Is RAID 10 the same as RAID 01?

RAID Levels 0 1 (01) and 1 0 (10) Common Name(s): RAID 0 1, 01, 0/1, “mirrored stripes”, “mirror of stripes”; RAID 1 0, 10, 1/0, “striped mirrors”, “stripe of mirrors”. Labels are often used incorrectly; verify the details of the implementation if the distinction between 0 1 and 1 0 is important to you. Technique(s) Used: Mirroring and striping without parity. Description: The most popular of the multiple RAID levels, RAID 01 and 10 combine the best features of striping and mirroring to yield large arrays with high performance in most uses and superior fault tolerance. RAID 01 is a mirrored configuration of two striped sets; RAID 10 is a stripe across a number of mirrored sets. RAID 10 and 01 have been increasing dramatically in popularity as hard disks become cheaper and the four drive minimum is legitimately seen as much less of an obstacle. RAID 10 provides … Continue reading