ok, that helped a bit! I now have my 500gb drive as the only drive in the system, and it boots. For some reason though, PM8 does not see any additional unallocated space. So, I'm still stuck with the 80gb limit. I'm using WinXP SP3, and even Computer Management doesn't see any available space. This is driving me crazy. I just want to use the rest of the space on my 500gb, and put it back in a RAID1 environment. Any other ideas? Should I use another product besides PM8?
Thanks for the fast reply. Yes to all of your assumptions, except I have not built the second 500gb into RAID1 yet. I only have the one 500gb, as a member of the RAID1, and no other drive in the computer. It boots fine, reports that a harddrive is missing from the array, but I cannot resize it to fill the 500gb, it is limited to 80. Using EaseUS partition master, it shows the following partitions:
*. FAT16, 39.19MB, primary
C: NTFS 69.82, System, Primary
*. FAT32 4.64 GB Primary
* Unallocated 8.28MB, Logical
Thanks for any help.
I'm going to search around just to be sure it can be done but it might be be a limitation after all.
You might have to put the second drive in for PM to work and if you still can't re-size it you can make another volume in Storage Manager or Ctrl + I at boot so you have two partitions.
I really hate Dell and the way they did your partition layout messes up the MBR and boot.ini with this going on.
I trust you marked one 80GB that was part of the RAID 1 some where safe and out the way as a backup if all goes wrong?
You can try this but might not work...
I'm sure Norton Ghost 14 can make a file system backup in or out of the OS to an image put that on the other 80GB drive and then have the two 500GB setup in RAID 1 with an OS and Norton Ghost on it then take out one of the 500GB and have the other 80GB (not the safe one) in and restored the file system backup. NOW if that works your old windows and files will be their on a 500GB partition.
Man that's hard work.
Thanks for any help you can provide. Do you think something like Acronis True Image would work? Seems like I could take an image of the entire drive, and restore it to the other 500gb drive, and expand the C partition. Or, should I use the Ctrl-I feature at boot, and using the software, remove the current 500gb drive from the RAID1, then try to consolidate all partitions into one? This is so frustrating..
At this point you can keep trying to find a way like how I said you might be able to do it or go with a clean install of Windows.
As I say again I trust you marked one 80GB that was part of the RAID 1 some where safe and out the way as a backup if all goes wrong?
I think I was wrong about expanding the partition because you can't expand the volume which is the limitation with this type of RAID controller.
The only way you could possibly do it is as I said above.
Backup the file system for your OS on to the other 80GB not the MBR or boot.ini if possible
Create a 500GB volume with the two drives and install a OS (no need to Activate it).
Because you only have two SATA ports take out one 500GB to add the 80GB file system backup drive in.
now boot in to windows or Dos how ever the backup software can work and restored the file system backup to the 500GB drive.
I think Paragon Drive Backup can do this but so should many others.
Just check the boot.ini has this line in it:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
as your Dell setup might have:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
you can add it in so:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP new 500GB" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP old 80GB" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut
change timeout so you can select it at boot
But please if this is now over your head...go with a clean install of Windows.