Hi there. This is my first post here, and please excuse my bad english ;-)
Well, this is my question: I have a RAID 1+ 0 array mounted thanks to a ich10r chip (asus P5Q motherboard, if that is important). The size of the 4 HDs is not too big and I wish to upgrade to a larger array. Is it possible to do this without destroying the array?
I lurked a lot in the internet and found many different answers. The main opinion is that it's impossible to change the size of such an array, even if changing 1 disk at a time and let the rebuild take place. This because the chipset configured the array for the original size and, even with all 4 disk changed at last, it will recognize only the original size, leaving the additional space wasted.
Now... I just installed the Matrix Storage Manager 8.9 and found this in the documentation:
RAID Volume Capacity Expansion
Increases the data storage capacity of a volume by utilizing 100% of available array space on a RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, or RAID 10 volume, or by adding one or more hard drives to a RAID 0 or RAID 5 volume.
Does this mean that it is actually possible to increase a 1+0 array by changing disk after disk? Or I completely misunderstood the whole?
I'll really appreciate every piece of advice. Keep in mind that I wish to upgrade without (if possible) reinstalling windows. Any solution?
Thanks a lot!
Edit: I just read through the thread talking about the martix 8.9 problem. I'm quite new to RAID so I maybe miss something (and this worries me, since I installed MSM 8.9 a couple of hours ago). There are two distinct piece of software, right? The Manager (running under windows. Only for checking the status as far as I understand) and the chipset driver (most probably the one running after POST, with wich you build the array). If this is right and I have the windows manager 8.9 but an older driver all should be OK, right?
Erm... sorry if this post is a bit confused. Hope you can understand ;-)