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Redistribute Free Space in RAID 5 RAIDXpert

  • NAS / RAID
  • Hard Drives
  • Storage
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a b G Storage
June 21, 2011 9:58:02 AM


I have a PC build to be used as Storage Server. I installed Windows XP and shared the RAID drive in my home network. I used the software that came with the Gigabyte motherboard. It is AMD RAIDXpert.

I have been using the server for a year and i found that one of the hard drives starts to produce some noise so I just went and got two larger hard drives and replaced them and rebuilt the array using the above utility and it works fine. The previous setup was 6 hard drives with 1TB each and the array built as RAID 5.

Now I found that there are 2 TB free in total (1TB for each new hard drives) I tried to find a way to redistribute the free space but I couldn't find a way.

Is there a way to resize the RAID array without destroying the array and lose the data?

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a c 113 G Storage
June 21, 2011 12:22:15 PM

You can't use the extra space on 2 drives to expand a RAID 5. Replacing all 1 TB drives by 2 TB drives wouldn't help because RAIDXpert doesn't support online expansion. However you should be able to configure a new RAID 0 or 1 using the extra space on the 2 TB drives (assuming that RAIDXpert provides functionality similar to Intel's RAID).