i'm using right now my perc 5i with 4*F1 1T samsung HDD
planing to move on to 6*F3 T2 samsungs
the problem? only 8 SATA
1. add 4*2T HDD in RAID 5
2. move data from 4*1T to 4*2T
3. remove 4*1T
4. add 2*2T (one at a time) to the RAID
how do i do step 4? how can i expand
also, i'm thinking about "upgrading" myself with PERC 6
is there really a point in goint 5 to 6?
why do i plan this? i'm moving my hdd to a stand alone "NAS" and remove it from my main PC
Firstly, don't add disks 1 at a time - this will take forever. You should be able to go direct from 4 2TB disks to 6, and only have 1 rebuild operation rather than 2.
Secondly, I would not run 6 2TB drives in RAID5 - the risk of failure due to an URE during a rebuild is way to high for me (that is a LOT of data to rebuild with no parity protection). I would instead go for 1 of 2 options:
1. Just add 4 2TB drives, and run with 2 arrays.
2. (better) Upgrade to a PERC6, and run your 6 drives in RAID6 instead.