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 extend RAID 5 partition in Windows Server 2003/2008/2000?

Do you encounter the problem that system C: drive running out of space on your RAID 5 array? Do you want to extend RAID 5 partition to solve this low disk space problem without deleting, formatting partition or rebuilding the Server? Do you know the reliable way to extend RAID 5 partition without destroying any data? Don’t worry, in this article I’ll tell you how to extend RAID 5 partition in Windows 2008/2003/2000 Server within minutes and no data loss. Brief Introduction of RAID 5 As one of the most popular RAID levels, RAID 5 stripes both data and parity information across three or more drives. It is similar to RAID 4 except that it exchanges the dedicated parity drive for a distributed parity algorithm, writing data and parity blocks across all the drives in the array. This removes the “bottleneck” that the dedicated parity drive represents, improving writing performance … Continue reading