Copy server to new drive + change partition

July 21, 2010 at 13:52:58
Specs: Windows Server 2003 Enterprise SP 2, Intel Xeon 5130 CPU Dual 2.00 GHz
Hello,

We have a two (2) disk mirrored RAID with our Windows Server installation. The RAID is separated into two partitions (C & D drive). The system is on C and D is the data drive.

I need to do two things, 1) Upgrade the hard drive because of space issues; 2) Change/expand the size of the C: partition to make the system drive larger.

What is the best AND safest way to achieve both objectives?

Thanks.

Tim


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#1
July 21, 2010 at 15:25:36
D:
Backup d:
Remove d: partition via disk management
Put in a second mirror set
Make it d: in disk management
Restore d: from backup

C:
Option1:
Buy and use a SERVER based partition manager to expand c: into the rest of the disk that was vacated by removing d:

Option2:
Buy Acronis or other disk imaging software that supports SERVER [workstation softwares don't work on server]
Make a disk image of c:
Restore the disk image using the entire disk

It is not recommended to have OS and data on the same controller/same drive due to IO bus contention. This is why I outlined the above procedure since it gets you to a recommended configuration.


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#2
July 22, 2010 at 10:46:00
Thanks for that reply - very helpful! Two additional questions:

1. Will it cause problems if I restore D: to a single drive instead of a mirrored set - I have limited slots for expansion.

2. How reliable/safe is resizing the partition? Do you have any recommendations for a server based partition manager based on personal experience, EASEUS Server Edition (http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-partition-manager/comparison.html) looks pretty good to me, but who can tell...

Thanks.


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#3
July 22, 2010 at 11:11:40
1. no problems but fault tolerance is always desired

2. haven't worked with easeus but the price for the server version is pretty darn good at $159


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#4
July 23, 2010 at 11:04:16
Once again, thanks for the great advice. Have you done any partition resizing? If so, have your attempts been successful?

Thanks, again!


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#5
July 23, 2010 at 11:10:18
I have done it in the past on workstations and multiboot servers for training but I plan my production servers in such a way that I never ever run into a problem with disk space.

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#6
July 23, 2010 at 20:23:58
I've upgraded maybe nearly a dozen RAID'ed servers over the years supporting businesses. Everyone has their own opinion. My opinion on the simplest way is to image the system with either Ghost or Acronis to an external hard drive, replace the hard drives in the RAID with larger versions, then image the system back to the upgraded RAID from the external hard drive. It's always worked for me. If you want to be extra cautious, image the server back to a test workstation to see if the imaging works.Make a backup of the system beforehand, though, just in case.

"Please vote if my suggestion or solution helps. Thanks!"


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#7
July 30, 2010 at 09:54:19
Thanks for the tips - everyone.

I just wanted to run one other thing by you guys to make sure I understand correctly.

Since the D: Drive is not the system drive, I can do a straight copy of the old D: to the new SATA drive, correct?

Then, using disk management I can remove the drive letter assignment from the old D: drive and assign the new SATA drive the letter D to make it the new D drive.

Once I do this, will all the mappings, shortcuts and links to the D drive will point to the new D drive or will I have to reassign and re-link.

Is there anything in here that I am doing wrong or incorrectly or should do differently?

Thanks!


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#8
July 30, 2010 at 10:29:10
You have your order of operations wrong.

Partition/format/assign drive letter
copy/restore data

All shortcuts/programs will operate as before.

It would appear that you are considering not using backup but to copy from drive to drive for d:.
This does complicate things a little bit.

You will have to assign a different drive letter FIRST to what is now the d: volume. Then put in the new drive and proceed with the above order of operations.


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