Wednesday, November 30, 2011

How to resize RAID?

RAID is really used to its full potential in emergency services and Professionales where data reliability and performance are essential. Meanwhile, partitioning RAID will maximize its performance as well as optimize its data reliability.

Why should we partition RAID?
We can simply say that we need to partition RAID to optimize the performance of the servers. A typical example is if the partition on the hardware RAID is running out of space. You may want to rebuild the hardware RAID with a larger hard disk. Then, you need to backup the data to another area, rebuild the hardware RAID and restore the data again. What a time-consuming task! And you might lose your valuable data in this process.

You may wonder how we can partition RAID without data loss. The answer is that you need to get the help of a professional partition software.

Partition Wizard Server Edition is a professional partition software that allows RAID management without data loss.

By following these steps, you can resize RAID in minutes:

1. Insert a new hard disk to the existing hardware RAID and organize this RAID using RAID controller. Then you can have some unallocated space on this RAID.

Suppose you need to extend partition E: on this RAID and there is unallocated space next to it.

2. Launch your Partition Wizard Server Edition and you will see its user interface

3. Right click partition E and select Resize/Move.

4. A popped-up dialog box indicates the current size of E: partition. The box also depicts the used and unused space on the partition and the free space surrounding the partition (if any exists), the minimum and maximum sizes that you can resize a partition, and the cluster size of the partition.

5. Position the mouse pointer on the right partition handle. Drag the handle to the partition size you desire when the mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow and click OK.

If you do not yet have Partition Wizard Server Edition, you can download a trial version from the Download Centre.

Tip: If you are A server user with more than 3 machines, Partition Wizard Enterprise Edition that allows unlimited licenses is strongly recommended. 

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