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Adding a new disk to PERC 5i Raid 5 array

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Hi, I have a dell poweredge 1900 with 3 x 146gb disks on a raid 5 configuartion with perc 5/i controller. I need more space and have bought a 300gb disk to add to the array but i can not work out how to do this. I have entered the set up via Ctrl-r on startup and had a look around. The new disk is sitting as a hot swap but thats as far as i have got. Could someone please help me add this to the array so i can access the extra space without any loss of data on the current virtual disk. Thanks
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Anyone?
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All your answers should be in this thread.
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives-storage/469397-add-another-drive-my-raid-5-a.html#post14174467

Just to note, if you are adding a 300GB drive to an array of 146 GB drives in RAID 5, you will only gain 146 GB of storage space.
Edited by bruestle2 - 8/10/11 at 3:00pm
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I did have a look at that thread but I don't know what megaraid is. Is it an additional piece of software I need to get?
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I did have a look at that thread but I don't know what megaraid is. Is it an additional piece of software I need to get?

Megaraid allows you to control your card from within Windows. Depending on your card, it may or may not have compatible firmware currently installed (it most likely has the Dell firmware instead of the LSI firmware). I would recommend just installing megaraid and seeing if it can detect/control it.

There is a tutorial in the first post of this thread. It has a ton off other information that you may find useful as well.

http://www.overclock.net/raid-controllers-software/359025-perc-5-i-raid-card-tips.html
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Thank you so much. I have installed Megaraid and now just waiting for my full backup to complete before i go ahead with the "modify group wizard". Dont want to lose anything.
Thanks again
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Thank you so much. I have installed Megaraid and now just waiting for my full backup to complete before i go ahead with the "modify group wizard". Dont want to lose anything.
Thanks again

No problem! Enjoy your Perc 5/i. I'm actually considering buying a 2nd one myself as my current RAID 5 is full.
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