Adding disks RAID PowerEdge R710

We have a PowerEdge R710 running a RAID1/RAID5 configuration.

  • PERC 6 / i SAS Raid Controller with 2 x 4 internal connectors.
  • RAID1 is composed of (2) 146GB 15K drives 2.5 "SAS.
  • RAID5 is composed of (3) 500GB 7.2 K Nearline 2.5 "SAS drives.
  • (3) empty bays are available.

The server running VMware ESXi v5.0.0. We have almost maxed out storage so I need to add storage. I don't know what are the options I have to do this. These are the options that are possible, I hope.

  • Add 500 GB (3) discs the same as installed readers and expand the RAID5.
  • Add 500 GB (3) discs the same as installed readers and create a 2nd RAID5.
  • Add (3) 1 or 2 to 7.2 K near-Line SAS 2.5 "drives and create a 2nd RAID5.

Can the PERC6 / i controller supports an another RAID5?

  • Add 500 GB (3) discs the same as installed readers and expand the RAID5.
  • Add 500 GB (3) discs the same as installed readers and create a 2nd RAID5.
  • Add (3) 1 or 2 to 7.2 K near-Line SAS 2.5 "drives and create a 2nd RAID5.

These are possible.

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