I have a Vmware ESXi server running at home.
This has a 6-port SATA motherboard (Asus Z8NA-D6), with the following drives
I have a Windows 10 media server with a system partition and then a data partition. The system partition is only around 150GB and the data partition is around 15TB, created as a spanned volume.
There are obviously multiple layers here:
- Layer 1 - Physical disk
- Layer 2 - Vmware virtual disk
- Layer 3 - Windows partition
I tend to increase my available storage over time so this has resulted in smaller virtual disks being installed on a single physical disks, virtual disks being increased in size, and other confusing results. I have just purchased an 8TB drive, and intend to remove the 1TB drive from the system and replace it with the 8TB.
Currently my Windows dynamic disk is spanned across 7 virtual disks stored on all six drives. Although accessing the dynamic disk is easy, managing it is hard. Replacing the 1Tb drive with the 8TB is far from trivial.
So I want to remove the dynamic disk so that there is a 1-to-1 between virtual disks and partitions. Obviously this would mean six drive letters, given six physical drives.
Is there a sensible way to manage this?