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W2K3 O/S does see additional SAN drives

The server already has SAN drives attached and is working fine. Added additional drives to increase space but O/S does not recognize them but the drives can be seen in Powerpath. Have rebooted several times no luck

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Although the system "sees" the drives, it also must have the new drives included in the RAID method you are using within the SAN system. Depending on the RAID type and controller used this can be accomplished in several ways but it should be done within your RAID manager. you are basically expanding the RAID. Then the SAN will be of the new dimensions.

CAUTION: backup first! Most RAID controllers can do this on the fly, but some will cause data loss during this operation!!!

-Good Luck

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