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Old 09-07-2006, 03:23 PM   #1
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I have a 2003 Server , 3 SCSI HDs setup as a RAID 5, so 1 disk, and three partitions, C: E: and F:. I want to change from basic to dynamic so I can combine E: and F:. I know how to do this but am wondering if I need to worry about anything? I can't afford to loose any data as this server is accessed all day long, constantly. Has anyone done this and know of any situations I should watch out for? Thanks for any help

The reason for this is because E: is running out of space and F: is almost empty. All the computers are setup to access E: drive for everything they need so I think this would be easier than changing everyone's box.
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Old 09-08-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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use a third party partition manager like partition magic.

I missread your question earler
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:42 PM   #3
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all my servers are configured like your solution, c:\ for the OS and d:\ as a RAID5 array. When i replaced a drive, i messed up(stupid really) and created the added drive as a stand alone (F:\) and it was listed as basic volume. ONce I got it added the array, disk manager still saw it as a separate drive letter and volume type. I was able to fix this by changing the volume type, however i backed up AND restored my database before completing this process. It worked fine, the backup wasnt needed, however, be on the safe side, backup everything before changing your volume type...
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you can convert a basic to a dynamic with no data loss. Converting from a dynamic to basic will erase the drive.
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Old 09-15-2006, 02:20 PM   #5
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sorry, i got my facts backwards, the drive was dynamic but the raid array shows up as basic volume in disk management, so i had to go backwards...anyway, nothing was lost when the disk was integrated into the array.
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