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I've scoured the Internet in search of an answer to this question, and as usual with OSX-related topics, I often don't find any deep-dive technical explanations sufficient enough to feel confident doing dangerous things.

Here is my question: I have a Mac Pro, running OS X 10.6.2. I have, as my main root/boot disk, a RAID 1 volume called "Mirror1". Mirror1 is comprised of two 1 TB disks. Mirror1, however, is fixed at 640 GB. That's because, I originally took a 640GB disk, bought a terabyte disk, mirrored it (using diskutil appleraid enable), when it synced I removed the 640GB and replaced it with a second 1 TB disk, and synced again. Voila! A single 640 GB replaced by two 1 TB disks in a mirror.. Actually, no. There's still something missing from the equation: Mirror1 needs to be expanded from 640GB to 1 TB to match the partition sizes on each of those disks.

How do I do this?

Perhaps the diskutil output will help:

-> diskutil list
/dev/disk0 
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk0
1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1
2:                 Apple_RAID                         999.9 GB   disk0s2
3:                 Apple_Boot Boot OSX                134.2 MB   disk0s3
/dev/disk1
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *1.0 TB     disk1
1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk1s1
2:                 Apple_RAID                         999.9 GB   disk1s2
3:                 Apple_Boot Boot OSX                134.2 MB   disk1s3
/dev/disk2
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *640.1 GB   disk2
1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk2s1
2:                  Apple_HFS Mac Disk 2              536.7 GB   disk2s2
3:       Microsoft Basic Data BOOTCAMP                103.1 GB   disk2s3
/dev/disk3
#:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
0:                  Apple_HFS Mirror1                *639.8 GB   disk3
-> diskutil appleraid list
AppleRAID sets (1 found)
===============================================================================
Name:                 Macintosh HD
Unique ID:            1953F864-B474-4EB6-8E69-41834EBD0247
Type:                 Mirror
Status:               Online
Size:                 639.8 GB (639791038464 Bytes)
Rebuild:              manual
Device Node:          disk3
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
#   Device Node       UUID                                   Status
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
0   disk1s2           25109BAE-5697-40EA-B612-0217851444F7   Online
1   disk0s2           11B83AB0-8148-4DB6-8761-DEF08C855F8D   Online
===============================================================================

Thanks in advance.

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Are you trying to resize the partition? –  tegbains Apr 1 '10 at 17:49
    
Yes, resize the RAID Mirror itself. The individual members of the RAID array are already correctly partitioned. –  Emmel Apr 1 '10 at 18:00

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I don't know of a way to do it directly, but you can get the same effect if you're willing to take the long way around:

1) Remove one of the disks from the existing mirror.

2) If you want a backup during this process, re-add the 640GB disk and sync, then remove it.

3) Reformat the removed terabyte disk as a new unpaired mirror.

4) Boot from something else (install DVD works, Terminal is available under the Utilities menu), and do a high-fidelity clone from the old to new RAID (I'd use asr restore --source /Volumes/OldRAID --target /Volumes/NewRAID --erase).

5) Erase the old RAID disk, add to new RAID, sync.

The big problem here is that the server is offline while for a while (step 4). If that's not an option, you may be able to get by with a lower-fidelity cloning method that'll at least partly work while the server is online:

4a) Use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the (still-mounted) old RAID to the new one. Alternately, compile the latest version of rsync (Mike Bombich has instructions) and use that to do the clone. Note that, as usual for an online backup, this won't reliably get a consistent snapshot of files being actively modified.

4b) Boot from something else, and rerun CCC/rsync (Install DVD may not do the job this time, as it doesn't have CCC, rsync, or even the Finder).

4c) Rename the new RAID volume the same as the old one.

You'll still be offline for a bit, but not as long since it only has to copy modified files. Unfortunately, this won't make as high-fidelity a copy as asr would, but it's pretty good (see the Backup Bouncer results on Bombich's site) -- the only things I know of offhand that it'll change is file IDs, and undoing the (transparent) compressed format some OS files are stored in.

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