Resize Raid 5 Partition on Server 2003 with Partition Magic Server Free


How to resize RAID 5 on Windows Server 2003 with Partition Magic Server?

Here we'd like to introduce IM-Magic Partition Resizer Server which does help you resize RAID 5 on Windows server 2003.


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Can I resize RAID 5 on Server 2003?


I have a Dell Poweredge 4300 that I setup using a RAID 5 config. The C:\ drive has little space left (<750Mb) and I would like to find something that can successfully re-size the partition without losing data as this is a production server (2003).
If too bad you falling in this situation, can you resize the RAID 5 partition without data loss but minimize the downtime of server 2003? And How?


Understanding RAID 5


According to Wiki's description, RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks which is the organization of multiple disks into a large, high performance logical disk; it includes RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 2, RAID 3, RAID 4, RAID 5 and RAID 10 (1+0), etc. For RAID 5, as it uses block-level striping with parity data distributed across all member disks, it has achieved popularity because of its low cost of redundancy now and is one of the most popular RAID level preferred one by Windows server users.
Actually, apart from the problem of C drive no space problem, support staff or administrators needs to repartition RAID 5 regularly to maximize the performance of RAID 5 and ensure the data security on Windows Server 2003.


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Solution to resize RAID 5 on WindowsServer 2003


Yes, we know how important the data security for one company or organization is, any unsuitable operation would bring a disaster. So what is the suggestion? Sure recreating is not recommend as it is time consuming and unrealistic, a simpler operation to resize RAID 5 partition on Server 2003 without data loss would be the best. Here we suggest you resize RAID 5 partition on Windows server 2003 with reliable third-party Partition Magic Server software like Acronis Disk Manager Server, Partition Magic Server, Partition Magic Server, Partition Manager Server, etc.


Tips for Resizing RAID 5 Partition on Server 2003 with Partition Magic Server


As we mentioned above, RAID is configured with Windows server, careful operation is required to ensure a smooth process. That is,

  1. If system partition is out of space but there is free space on other partitions, you can simply shrink other virtual partitions and then extend the system partition with partition magic server.
  2. If there is no free space on all virtual partitions on the RAID 5, you have to add another disk to the RAID 5 array. After that the new disk space will be displayed as unallocated at the end of the virtual disk, and then you can resize partition with partition magic server.
  3. Don’t break the RAID array if you need to resize partition RAID 5, just operate like resizing partition on physical hard disk.
  4. If you need to add new disk before resizing RAID 5 partition, you have to make sure the RAID controller has the feature to re-configure RAID without data losing.

As always, please be sure to Back up all you important files, remember, the best software cannot give you 100% security guarantee.




IM-Magic Resizer Server Edition is a server partition magic manager specially designed for Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. It supports all levels of RAID. You can use it to perform basic and advanced partition operations on your RAID partitions without data loss, including: Resize and Move partitions, Copy partition, Merge partition, Format partitions, Hide/Unhide Partition, Wipe Partition, Change Cluster Size Convert dynamic disk to basic, etc. For Step by step instruction, please refer to: Partition Magic Server Free for Server 2003 Partition Management


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