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How to resize RAID partition without data loss? This post shows you the best solutions. In particular, the best raid partition manager – MiniTool Partition Wizard would be a good assistant to manage RAID partition.

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What Is RAID?

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) is a data storage virtualization technology which can combine multiple physical disk drive components into a single logical unit for the purpose of data redundancy, or performance improvement, or both. So it owns more advantages than the use of single hard disk: higher data security, fault tolerance, improved availability, increased and integrated capacity, and improved performance.

There are many different types of RAID, such as RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and so on. And its main consumers include the average users who want to back up data, digital audio and video production companies, financial industry that need to keep important customers’ data, and more.

The same as a single hard drive, a RAID virtual drive may also run out of space or you need to resize RAID partition to meet your further need one day. The following is a real-life example from en.community.dell.com

I have a new Dell PowerEdge T320 with the 710 RAID controller. It has two 500 GB hard drives in a RAID1 configuration. 80 GB is allocated to the C (OS) drive, and the rest to D, a data drive. I want to resize the C drive to 120 GB to have headroom. How should I go about doing this?from en.community.dell.com

Since RAID partition stores a large amount of vital data for you, is it possible to resize RAID partition or manage hardware RAID without data loss? The answer is positive.

How to Resize RAID Partition?

To resize RAID partition, you can take advantage of a piece of professional RAID partition manager – MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is designed to optimize partition and disk use and would not bring any damage to the original data.

And here, we take hardware RAID 1 as an example. We will show you how to resize RAID partition.

First of all, in order to resize raid partition, you need to download the professional RAID partition manager from the following button firstly.

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How to Shrink RAID Partition?

If the partition size is too large, you can shrink RAID partition to get more unallocated space so as to create more partitions and save data respectively. Thus, we will show you how to shrink partition with the professional hardware RAID manager – MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 1: Install the software and launch it to enter its main interface.

Step 2: Select the RAID partition and choose Move/Resize feature from the context menu to continue.

choose Move/Resize to continue

Step 3: In the popup window, you can drag the arrow to shrink RAID partition. Then click OK to continue.

shrink the partition and click OK to continue

Step 4: After that, you can see that the RAID partition has been decreased and click Apply to confirm the changes.

click Apply to continue

When all steps are finished, you can successfully shrink the RAID partition so as to get the unallocated space and create more partitions.

How to Extend RAID Partition?

In this part, we will show you how to extend RAID partition. To extend RAID partition, MiniTool Partition Wizard is also competent. Thus, we will show you how to enlarge RAID partition with pictures step by step.

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Step 1: Install the software and launch it to enter its main interface.

Step 2: Select the partition you want to enlarge and choose the Extend feature from the context to continue.

choose Extend to continue

Step 3: In the popup window, open the drop-down list of Take Free Space from and choose a partition or the unallocated space to extend RAID partition. And you can drag the sliding handle to decide how much space you want to take and click OK to continue.

click OK to continue

Step 4: Returning to the main interface, you can preview the changes and click Apply to confirm the changes.

click Apply to confirm the changes

When you have finished all steps, you can successfully extend RAID partition. In fact, its operation methods are pretty easy. And if you want to resize RAID partition, try to use the professional RAID partition manager – MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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Besides those features, MiniTool Partition Wizard also has many other powerful features, such as copy partition, Disk Benchmark and so on.

Last but least, most people take advantage of hardware RAID to back up data so as to keep data safe. Besides this method, people can also utilize a piece of third-party software to protect their data. Thus, the professional file backup software - MiniTool ShadowMaker is strongly recommended.

Besides backing up files and data, MiniTool ShadowMaker can also back up the operating system with its powerful features. So, if you want to keep the data and computer safe, try MiniTool ShadowMaker.

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Bottom Line

In this post, we have introduced how to resize RAID partition without data loss with MiniTool Partition Wizard.

And if have any better solution to resize RAID partition, you can share it on the comment zone. And if you have any problem with MiniTool Partition Wizard, please feel free to contact us via the email [email protected].

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