krissoers
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Can't increase datastore

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Running Esxi 4.1

I added disk to my raid5.

In the properties of my datastore i can see that my device/disk has increased (image1 - 1).

But when I want to increase the datastore there are no devices shown?? (image3)

Does anyone have a clue?

I am planning an upgrade to Esxi 5, is this going to help me?

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Even though the partition is being deleted, it is created again with just a larger size but the same start sector. If everything works as expected this will not modify any data on the partition itself and all your data should be preserved.

André

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Welcome to the Community - with vSphere you cannot grow a VMDK volume by adding storage. The only way to expand a volume is by adding an extent. Going to ESXi 5 would help if you are willing to reformat the datastores as VMDK 5 to allow for the ability to expand the datastore.

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Welcome to the Community,

The only way to increase the datastore on the installation disk is to do it manually from the command line. You can find a walk-through at http://deinoscloud.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/how-to-increase-the-size-of-a-local-datastore-on-an-esxi...

However, be careful with the description and make sure you resize the correct partition (should be partition 3 in your case)!

André

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krissoers
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Thanks for the walkthrough.

I am going to try it over the weekend.

After a full backup.

Does this mean that I always have to restore my vm's?

Because the walkthrough mentions that I have to delete my partition.

Kris

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Even though the partition is being deleted, it is created again with just a larger size but the same start sector. If everything works as expected this will not modify any data on the partition itself and all your data should be preserved.

André

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