You will need to replace one drive and rebuild after it is replaced; then repeat the process with each one.
Once you have replaced all the drives, you can use Windows* Disk Management or Diskpart to increase the volume size as explained in the articles below.
- Extend a Basic Volume
- Resize a Partition for Free in Windows 7, 8.x, or Vista
- How to Shrink and Extend NTFS Volumes in Windows
Remember to back up your data before doing any change to the array.
I summarized it below:
- Back up the data.
- Turn off the system and remove one of the hard drives.
- Replace it with one of the large hard drives.
- Turn on the system and boot into Windows*.
- Open the Intel® Rapid Storage Technology user interface (Start > All Programs > Intel > Intel® Rapid Storage Technology).
- Click Rebuild to another disk.
- Select the newly added hard drive and click Rebuild.
- Allow the rebuild to complete.
- Repeat steps 2-8 until all drives have been replaced and the RAID array is in normal condition (not degraded).
Extend the volume using Microsoft Windows* Disk Manager
Use the following steps to extend the volume.
- Click the Start icon.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click System and Maintenance.
- Click Administrative Tools.
- Double-click Computer Management.
- Click Continue.
- Click Disk Management in the left-hand program tree (it is located under the Storage sub-section). You may want to maximize the window.
- Right-click the volume (represented as a physical disk) and click Extend Volume.
Similar instructions with screenshots: How to Shrink and Extend NTFS Volumes in Windows
I finally replaced the 4 HDD's. I put 1TB drives in place of the 150G drives. The first 2 drive rebuilts took about 2 hours each. The last 2 were about 30 minutes. I was surprised by this. Also, the customer seems to think that the system is faster now. Might that be an expected benefit from increasing a RAID size?
The drive has 2 partitions (C:/D:) so I need to use a 3rd party tool to expand the drives. I am a bit suprised though that Windows does not recognize the new array as a 2TB drive; it still shows as a 300G drive. Is that normal?
Any recommendations on a good tool to use for expanding the array?
The new disks might have a better transfer rate.
This is just one of the many third party tools you can use: http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
Note: Intel supplies this link as a courtesy to our customers and does not endorse these tools or links over any other options. The customer assumes full responsibility for proper use of these tools.
Ok, I have a new question. As I was sampling a few partition resize programs, it appeared to me that I do NOT see that the size of the RAID has been increased. In hindsight, i would have thought that this would be apparent in the Intel Matrix Storage Console. The array is still shown as 298G, not 2TB as I think it should. Is there a different tool that I need to use? I am using Matrix Storage Console v7.8 for what it's worth.
Thanks in advance.
In this case it seems that is not normal that it's showing 298G but we need to confirm more information in regards to your system, could you please sent us a snap shot of the Disk Management, here is a way to get there: Click Start> On Computer right click> Go to manage>Under Storage you will see the Disk Management, and one of the Matrix Storage Console showing the storage, also could you attach your system configuration, here is a way to do that: Click Start> Type System Information> Click File>Export> Save File> and sent us that file.
Amy, here is the screen shot.
I also had a case open earlier that stopped having any activity so I opened this one. Please look up the discussion:
Thank you. I need to get this resolved.
I did a research on our older RAID software Matrix. According to the chipset controller of your motherboard, the Capacity expansion feature is not supported.
Please review the link below:
RAID Features by Chipset/Controller Hub
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) — RAID Features by Chipset/Controller Hub
Intel® Matrix Storage Console
It is necessary to create a RAID volume from scratch. I suggest you to enable UEFI boot. UEFI recognizes Hard Disk Drives with 2TB or more. The drive partitions will be format to GPT instead of NTFS.
I apologize for the misunderstanding.
Thank you for your efforts. At least now I know it isn't going to work simply.
Can I temporarily convert the RAID10 to a non-raid HD? (obviously getting rid of the 3 other drives)
I could then copy the single drive to a new 1TB HD and then rebuild the RAID. I would build a RAID1, not a RAID 10. RAID 10 is the best but overkill for this client
Will the controllers handle a 1TB HDD?
I still have this issue and I could use some guidance. Can you/someone comment on my thoughts/plan below?
1. Make an image of the server
2. Restore the image to a single 1TB HDD, install the HDD - I use Acronis and I have already been able to restore a RAID 1 to a single HDD, not 100% sure of RAID10
3. Resize the partitions to utilize the new space (300G to 1TB) - should be possible with Windows HDD tools
4. Install 2nd 1TB in a RAID 1 configuration - leave it at a RAID 1
My questions are:
How do I configure the controller for RAID 1? Do I have to do something to disable the RAID10 config info
At what step of the above process would this be done? When adding the second HDD?