Re: Extending Server 2003 Partition Help Needed
Windows will be fine with Dynamic disks as you have said, but there is one problem,
using the windows raid, or even buying a raid capable card and using hardware raid,
the drives will have to be formatted... so you'll need to detatch your database and put it somewhere safe whilst that happens.
Partition magic won't really do this either,
Also you need to be aware that when you make the entire disk dynamic, (because of your current configuration) your windows partition will also be made dynamic, and there could be some problems there...
The best (my opinion only), if not most time comnsuming/costly to to do this...
Get another 280GB disk, (getting a disk the same size will ensure no space is wasted when using raid striping).
and get a small disk, I think the smallest you can buy now is about 40GB.
Put the first small disk as the primary master on IDE1, and put the CD drive as primary slave on the same IDE.
Now put the 2 280GB disks, (one master one slave onto IDE2).
Re-install windows on the 40GB disk.
Now take the two 280GB disks and make a raid 0 stirpped disk, (upgrade disks to dynamic first) this will show up as one large, (580GB) disk,
Now put your database on the two array disks... and of course reattach the database...
Now I'll explain the reasoning behind this plan.
Firstly, if you just buy another 280GB disk, 15GB will be lost, because a raid 0 uses that same amount of space on each disk.
Secondly, upgrading the system partition so that it's on a dynamic disk can cause problems, (and they can be fairly serious problems, like the system won't boot anymore)
The reason for insisting that the two database disks go on the same IDE ribbon and are not shared with the CD is that the Hard drive buss speed is allways faster than the CDs ATA speed...
hard drives now are all over ATA66 whilst CDs are still only ATA33, or ATA66, so the bus speed is slower... This may be acceptable for the system to access windows files a little more slowly, but there is little point buying new high capacity high speed drives and then limiting them!