Extend RAID 5 Volume without Formatting

Summary

This article will guide you to expand the volume size on RAID 5 on Windows Server by using professional partition magic software..

Andrew Wright

Sept 3, 2014

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RAID 5 Volume Resizer Download

Download IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server to extend system partition or data volume on RAID 5 in Windows Server 2003 2008 2012.

Extend RAID 5 with Partition Software

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RAID 5 volume can only be created in dynamic disk and it often needs large capacity to deal with a large amount data. If the RAID 5 volumes are not large enough, it may run out of disk space easily. In this situation, you may need to rely on professional partition software to resize RAID 5 volume. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server enables you to resize RAID 5 disk partition without formatting or touching any data. This partition software can help you extend RAID 5 disk partitions on all Windows Server operating systems such as Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012 and more.


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Steps to Extend RAID 5 Volume on Windows Server

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How to redistribute disk space in Windows Server 2003

Step 1:
Download, install and run IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server. Right click a partition that has enough free space and select "Resize/Move" option.

Step 2:
You can move the arrows when mouse shows double arrows symbol to shrink the selected partition. Then, you can see some unallocated space.

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Shrink other large partition to produce free space for C drive

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Step 3:
Move the unallocated space close to the partition you want to extend. Right click this partition and select "Resize/Move" option.

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Right click c drive to get started with extending c

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Step 4:
Move the arrows to add the unallocated space to the partition you want to extend. Then, click the "Apply" button.

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Need Resize RAID 5 Disk Volume?

Usually, RAID 5 needs a larger capacity because it often deals with a large number of data. When disk partition is running out of disk space on RAID 5, you may need to resize the RAID 5 disk partition. For example:

"I built RIAD 5 array on my PC which runs Windows Server 2003 OS. Recently, I often receive low disk space warning message on RAID 5 C drive when I start my PC. I want to know if I can resize the RAID 5 C drive on Windows Server 2003 without formatting the disk."

Such kind of problem can be found everywhere. When RAID 5 C drive is running out of disk space on Windows Server, you may want to know:
* Can you break the RAID 5 array?
* Can you resize the RAID 5 partition without losing any data?
* Is it easy to resize the Windows Server RAID 5 C drive?

If you also have the similar questions, you can follow the instructions and tips below to extend RAID 5 disk volume on Windows Server.

Extend C Drive Windows Server RAID 5

C drive or system partition is running out of disk space on Windows Server RAID 5? IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server can help you resize RAID 5 C drive on all Windows Server OS. With this partition software, you can:

* Extend C drive on Windows Server 2003 RAID 5
* Resize system partition on Windows Server RAID 5
* Increase size of system partition without reinstalling
* Resize RAID 5 C Drive on Windows Server 2003 2008 2012

Tip: You cannot break the RAID 5 before partition resizing.

Extend Windows Server RAID 5 Disk Volume

Apart from C drive or system partition, there might be other partitions on RAID 5. IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server also enables you to extend data volume on RAID 5 on Windows Server, Windows SBS Serer and Windows Server R2. With this free Server partition magic software, you can increase partition size without formatting disk or erase any data from the disk.

Pay attention:
No matter you want to extend RAID 5 C drive or data volume, unallocated space is needed. You can shrink other partitions on the RAID 5 to produce some unallocated space. In addition, you can also add another disk to rebuild RAID 5 to make some unallocated space.

About RAID 5

There are different types of RAID array, which include RAID 0, RAID 2, RAID 5, RAID 10, etc. RAID 5 array is often widely used by people, because it has many benefits that include:
1. Good fault tolerance
RAID 5 provides a good fault tolerance with a more reliable overall storage subsystem. Thus, it can decrease the chance of storage subsystem failing due to hardware failures.
2. Higher data security
RAID 5 provides higher data security for protecting the data stored on the array.
3. Improved performance and availability
RAID 5 array has improved its performance and availability, which can add the capacity of several small drives together.
4. Low cost
RAID 5 improves its performance and has a higher disk space usage, but the cost is much cheaper than other RAID array.


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