Migrating RAID Array - LSI MegaRAID 9240-8i
So, at one of my schools, the HDD storage is getting a little thin on the ground... Currently, the system has 2 x 146gb SAS drives running in raid 1, and 3 x 500gb sata drives running in raid 5 to 1tb...
The raid 1 setup is used for most accessed stuff, like my documents, shared folders etc, with the 1tb raid 5 mainly used for software installs and multimedia storage... The 1tb is fine, but it's the 146gb that's running low. So, I got 2 x 600gb sas drives to replace them, thinking I'd just use a migrate like I've done before in my nas... But then, I finally just thought, I'm not sure of the process of how to migrate the drives using this RAID controller...
Has anyone done it before? Will be looking at taking full backups beforehand, so that don't need to worry about loss of data (hopefully!!!!:lalala::bolt: lol).
So, I'm guessing that I will need to take one of the drives in the array offline using the MegaRAID software. I will then swap over the HDD (guess will need to shut it down to do that?! Will do anyway, just to be safe :p). I will then click the Replace Physical drive option in the software:
I assume then that the data is copied over to the new drive...
But, I'm a bit unsure of the next step... How do I make the new drive larger? Do I need to do something similar to the following link:
Obviously will need to do something like that within the LSI RAID, but do I follow that step? And then convert to a RAID1 again using the software, or do I remove the smaller hdd from the raid array like earlier, and add it, and then use some method of making the driver larger???
Restart the system and enter the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology option ROM by pressing Ctrl and i when prompted.
Click Reset Disks to Non-RAID.
Note You may see a dialog box warning you of data loss. This warning does not apply to RAID 1; you will still be able to access your data.
Click Yes to confirm.
Click Exit and shut off the system.
Remove the original (smaller) hard drive from the system. This will leave only the new (larger) hard drive, acting as a single hard drive (it is no longer part of a RAID volume).
Turn on the system and boot into Windows. You may need to change the hard drive priority in order to boot.
From within Windows, use the Windows computer management tools or a third party partitioning software in order to resize the hard drive partition so that it uses the entire capacity of the hard drive.
Any guidance would be appreciated :)