My Windows Server 2008 computer has a RAID 5 and unreasonable disk space distribution makes me suffer from Low Disk Space issue on data volume. I know there is a free dynamic disk volume extending software in Windows Server 2008, but I can not figure out it can work for me or not.
By virtue of superior reliability, RAID-5 becomes the most universally adopted level of RAID(short for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), which is a technology that employs the simultaneous use of two or more hard disk drives to achieve greater levels of performance, reliability, and larger data volume sizes. In general, RAID-5 adopts a form of strip with parity to maintain data redundancy. If users want to create a RAID-5 array, they should make sure that at least three drives are needed. Moreover, those drives should be identical for the best performance. The eye-catching highlights of RAID-5 include the increase of storage array performance, full data redundancy and ability to run 24/7 with hot swap.
Users who are encountering RAD-5 volume extension issues usually try to rebuild certain array so as to gain extra disk space for volume lacking disk space. To maintain data security, they have to perform data backup, which is a time-consuming process. There are some users proposing trying Windows Server 2008 disk manager. Unfortunately, it is not that perfect as expected. Although the function to extend/shrink boot/system volume is available here, users still can not do such operations to mirrored volume, stripped volume and RAID-5 volume. Therefore, the defective Disk Management snap-in is not the best tool to extend RAID-5 volume in Windows Server 2008.
Actually, a piece of professional RAID partitioning software can do those operations in a masterly fashion, and MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is one of such software. Boasting comprehensive disk and partition management functions, wide compatibility and excellent operability, the software can resize Server 2008 RAID-5 volume easily. Well then, the exact guidance is given.
Users need to firstly perform software downloading and installation. Then, follow those operations:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. The interface above is the main interface of MiniTool server partition manager. From it, choose the volume to be managed and click “Move/Resize Volume” from action panel.
Step 3. In this interface, resize the chosen volume by dragging black triangles or directly typing needed values to corresponding textboxes. Then, click “OK” button to go back to main interface of the software.
Step 4. Backing to main interface, users can preview volume extension effect, and a pending operation appears in “Operations Pending” column. To apply the effect, users need to click “Apply” button in the upper left corner.
The work to extend data volume on RAID-5 array in Windows Server 2008 is excellently performed by partition manager server. For more information about the operation, please visit the quick link here.