Folks, running on too little sleep, trying to wrap my head around a problem.
I'm an electronics engineer, pretty fair with computers. Manage to keep all mine and the ones in my office running well.
Friend of mine asked me to help him with his Dell. He had managed to completely fill C: drive down to 120M! From 160G.
He had gone online to Dell, and they had sold him a 1T drive.
I went over and started checking.
Turns out he has a RAID 1 system in his machine.
Its using, I think, the intel matrix storage manager version ICH7R.
The BIOS level is:Opton Rom v 18.104.22.1682 ICH7R.
There are 2 spare SATA ports on the board. My first idea, was to connect the two new drives to those two ports, go into the RAID console, and create a new RAID 1 with them.
Then, make an image of the drive he has now, and transfer it to the new drives and replace the original ones with the new ones.
My image software, will adjust the partition sizes accordingly.
At the present time, there are 4 partitions on the drive. A small FAT, an NTFS driveC, an NTFS driveD, and a small FAT32.
Then, I discovered that there was not any spare power cables for the two SATA drives.
So, I went with plan B.
I removed one of the drives after powering down the machine, and installed one of the 1TB ones. The machine told me I had a problem, and I told it to rebuild the mirror.
I left it at the login screen so Windows would not be bothering it, and it rebuilt it in about an hour.
I checked, and everything was functional.
The RAID console said I had a normal 149G mirror and one drive had about 950G free.
So, I swapped in the other drive and let it rebuild the mirror again.
At this point the BIOS of the machine recognized a 1TB drive being controlled by the RAID controller.
The RAID console saw a normal 149G mirror, with two drives having about 950G free.
At this point, I went into the admin tools, but the drives page did not see any unallocated space.
No problem, I have a partitioning program that should let me set things up.
It sees no unallocated space either. In fact nowhere can I see the unallocated space.
At this point I am stumped. Am I going to have to fdisk the drives first?
However, that 149G number looks suspicious to me. Is that the largest that RAID controller can see? If so, can I get it to see the rest by updating the drivers or the management console?
If all else fails, I can always just break the mirror and make them just single disks. But this guy is very bad about backups, despite my attempts to make it as automatic and easy as possible, so I would like to keep what little safety that RAID 1 gives.
Thanks, sorry about the long post, but I wanted to give as much info as I could.
Message was edited by: Fordum All that, and I forgot......He is running Windows XP Pro pack 3