Widows server 2003 with split partitions

June 27, 2011 at 09:36:47
Specs: Windows Server 2003, Intel Xeon
Hi. Im new here. Im hoping someone can help me out. I have a Dell Poweredge server with a 320gb hard drive and it has 2 partitions in a Raid 1 configuration. This was something the previous IT guy did. Now i want to upgrade the server with 2 500Gb hard drives and i want to see if its better to image copy the 320gb hard drive to one of the 500gb hard drive and set up the second one for the mirror. Is that posible or is there a better way to do this?

See More: Widows server 2003 with split partitions

Report •

#1
June 27, 2011 at 12:46:56
"a 320gb hard drive and it has 2 partitions in a Raid 1 configuration"

You can't do raid1 with a single drive. Hopefully you mean you have two 320 drives.

Is this a hardware or software raid?
Clone software you plan on using support server?

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


Report •

#2
June 27, 2011 at 17:10:44
You are correct, sir. Thank you for responding very quickly. I did more research and i did find out what i could do to rectify the situation. Im all set now to accomplish what needs to be done. Thank you for the help. I know where to come when I run into a problem.

Report •

#3
June 27, 2011 at 17:41:02
You mind sharing what you found?

There is a lot of misleading info on the web and there is a huge difference between software and hardware raid and how you upgrade the drives

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


Report •

Related Solutions

#4
June 28, 2011 at 06:42:28
Well I talked to an IT guy I know and he told me to just install the hard drives in the current array and transfer all the existing folders and files to the new hard drives. Then remap the the network to the new hard drives. The problem im having is with QuickBooks and all the files taking up so much space in the 320gb hard drives, so now we can just dedicate the 500gb hard drives to just QuickBooks. He claims it would be more troble than its worth to just image copy, because i would have to do an image backup and then reinstall the backup to the 500gb hard drive.

Report •

#5
June 28, 2011 at 06:43:18
Also, the Dell has the hardware raid setup, so thats what the server has configured.

Report •

#6
June 29, 2011 at 09:49:26
if the server hardware can support 4 drives [two mirrors (1 of 320 and 1 of 500gig)]
and Quickbooks is the only issue, then yes your IT guy would be correct.

Though 500gig for quickbooks is a bit extreme. I have never seen Quickbooks ever get close to a gig.

You would need to move the quickbook database(s) to the new drive. I would suggest you contact or go online to quickbooks for the procedure on how to accomplish this.

Now if you were trying to just gain space from 320 to 500 gig cloning is the standard way of accomplishing this. You break the mirror, replace one drive with the 500 and do a clone to it from the 320. The you replace the existing 320 with the 500 and hardware mirror the 500 to the other installed 500 and you are done.

Pretty simple really and if something goes awry you can easily get back to the 320 setup.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's


Report •

#7
June 29, 2011 at 14:35:03
Well, Quickbooks is the one issue, and on the server here, QuickBooks database can and has taken up quite a bit of space. The other is production files created from excel, and other files created by Quality control and other users on the network. Here they build transactions, do the payroll, and the cash register in the market is set up with QuickBooks. Backups are the other issue, but now we use an external hard drive just for backups. This server is a mess, but I will be cleaning it all up and keep it nice and tidy. Its a small company and showing signs of growth.

Report •

Ask Question