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Windows 2003 Dynamic Disk on hardware RAID-5?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mikeyboy, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Mikeyboy

    Mikeyboy Kilobyte Poster

    Hi All...

    just wondered if it possible to setup a RAID-5 array, and then in windows server, convert it to a dynamic disk? I assume this would be possbile, but is it worth doing, or best to be avoided, will i still have the same fault tolerance? As I assume windows would get confused, seeing one disk with part of it being dynamic and part being basic?

    Not sure if it is even worth considering, I understand it bypasses the 2tb limits in windows by spanning disks etc, but I dont want to lose fault tolerance, and not sure what the real advantages of doing it would be. Was thinking more or the expandability point of view, ie. presumably if I set up the array, add another disk, i would then be able to extend the volume to use this space, rather than creating another partition on it?

    If someone could try and figure out what I am on about that would be helpful :D

    I recently had a disk failure on a 6 month old 2tb disk, and have spent the last week recovering the data, so i dont ever want to be in that position again - have just got some RAID cards to set up a RAID 5 array but wondered about adding more disks to it (in terms of how I can use it in windows)

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  2. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    If it's a hardware raid 5 setup, it won't matter what type of volume or partition is on it afterwards. The server will just see a pool of space and you can divvy it up how you see fit.
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  3. Denver Maxwell

    Denver Maxwell Nibble Poster

    Dynamic Disks can be a pain to restore.. make sure you test your backup / restore presedure before you put it into operation.
    NTBackup works but plenty others wont see the disks.
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  4. Mikeyboy

    Mikeyboy Kilobyte Poster

    OK, thanks... will probably just stick to normal partitions then!
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