Copy Server to new HDD

April 1, 2010 at 17:47:14
Specs: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise SP 2, 2.09 GHz AMD Athalon
We are running out of space on our hard drive (one physical drive with two partitions). I want to install a new drive into the same machine and clone the original hard drive onto the new drive.

What is the best way to achieve this?

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April 1, 2010 at 18:07:00
Best and MS are different.

If you go the same hardware almost all solutions work. Say sata to sata.

Most drive makers offer some software to clone and I suspect they do a good job. Some offer acronis in limited form. might work.

Don't forget that you may need to stop applications in a particular set of sequences to restore it when back online.

You can also add drives as folders on that drive. You simply mount drives as folders instead of adding a drive letter. Can also just add in a drive.

I am sure there are many other solutions.

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April 1, 2010 at 18:10:29
I know Acronis Image software has an easy to use wizard, that comes with its software to clone all the partitions on one drive to another... making that new drive bootable. There are probably some free applications out there that would do the trick as well.

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April 2, 2010 at 16:43:33
Hey Jefro,

Thanks for the tips! Yes we are going SATA-to-SATA - which we feel is the safest because theoretically we can always "go back" to our original system drives if the clone doesn't work, for some reason.

One question, do you know of a tutorial that explains exactly how to add a Hard drive as a folder? I have never done that before, but maybe that is another option to consider.


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April 2, 2010 at 16:54:24
Nevermind, I found how to do it in the DiskManagement console.

Now, would it be practical and safe for me to move the Documents and Settings and Program Files folders to that folder?

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