Solved Upgrading disks on a legacy Win2008 R2 server

July 19, 2019 at 00:41:40
Specs: Windows 10
Hi all,

We have a legacy Fujitsu Server with just 4x HDD bays (4x disks) - we have 2 mirrored arrays and one of the array is small and we need to upgrade the disks with larger disks but retaining all the data inside.

As far as I know the below procedure should work well:

- TAKE A FULL BACKUP TO AN EXTERNAL USB DEVICE USING WINDOWS BACKUP
- TURN OFF SERVER AND TAKE OUT THE TWO DRIVES WHICH ARE GOING TO BE REPLACED
- WHILE SERVER IS OFF, REPLACE WITH LARGE HARD DRIVES (2x IDENTICAL DRIVES)
- TURN ON SERVER
- GET INTO RAID CONTROLLER AND MAKE SURE THAT NEW DRIVES FORM A NEW MIRRORED ARRAY - OTHER ARRAY HOSTING OS IS NOT TO BE TOUCHED
- SAVE CONFIG AND REBOOT SERVER
- ONCE SERVER BOOTS UP TO RECOVER ALL THE DATA FROM THE BACKUP TO THE NEW DRIVES RETAINING ALL NTFS PERMISSIONS ETC FROM THE OLD DRIVES

Its been a long time since I did the above but as far as I know it should work well - can you guys confirm please?

Thanks a bunch
R


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July 26, 2019 at 01:19:17
Hi all can someone reply to my query pls? :) :)

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July 26, 2019 at 01:25:16
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The simple answer is that of course the procedure that you outline will work (although, personally, I would upgrade the disks in place thus avoiding any downtime).

The longer answer is that if you have to ask this question you should consider whether you are confident enough to undertake this process. If the server is important to your business it may be safer to employ a professional, who understands these things, to do the work for you.


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