Problem description: The problem, how to increase RAID size without data loss, troubles me all the time. And I searched many different ways on Google to solve it. Finally I find a professional partition program namely MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition which helped me to easily change RAID size without influencing the original data.
RAID, redundant array inexpensive disk, combines multiple hard drives into a single logical hard drive and offers high levels of storage reliability. For example, users can mirror the important data on one drive to another drive to ensure the data security. And it contains several types (RAID 0/1/2/3/4/5/6) to offer different levels of performance and redundancy. Since RAID has a high performance, high data security and mass storage capacity, it is frequently used in Windows Server. And it is divided into software RAID and hardware RAID. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks. For instance, software RAID is a part of operating system, so users do not need to spend extract money. But its performance is not as good as hardware RAID since the latter does not waste CUP or other resources. Whichever users choose, they need to manage RAID partitions to maximize the performance of their Windows Server computers. Here, a typical problem is that RAID partition is running out of space. So well, how to solve the problem? Although Windows built-in disk management tool has some basic functions to manage partition, most of the time it is unable to resize RAID partition.
Since computer management tool cannot work well to manage RAID partition, users can turn to third-party partition management software. But, it is generally known that some partition magic software doesn’t support RAID disk. Fortunately, MiniTool Partition Wizard can solve the problem. And it has many other advantages, including high security, complete and powerful functions and simple operations. With the professional partition software, users can easily change partition size of both hardware RAID and software RAID.
To increase RAID size, users should install MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition on computer at first. After installation, launch it to open its main interface.
In the main interface, select the RAID volume which needs increasing and choose the most suitable function from action panel. If there is unallocated space neighboring to the target volume which users want to increase, click “Move/Resize volume”. If not, create such an unallocated space by shrinking a neighboring volume with “Move/Resize Volume”. After that, users will be given detailed operating prompts. Just do as told. After getting a desired volume size, users need to click “Apply” button in the toolbar to apply changes.
If users are also troubled by how to increase RAID partition size without bringing any damage to data, turn to MiniTool Partition Wizard.